The State Racing and Gaming Commission today turned down the final appeal of an anti-gambling group that wanted regulators to deny renewal of the gambling license for the Bluffs Run Casino in Council Bluffs. The “Truth About Gambling Foundation” says the transfer of Bluffs Run’s ownership and operation from the non-profit Iowa West Racing Association to Harah’s Casino Resorts was a violation of the state law that requires a casino’s license holder to be the true owner of the casino. The Commission ruled against the group’s claim when the sale was made in 1999, and again in June of last year. Timm Reid, represented the group in today’s appeal, and says he wasn’t surprised due to the commission’s original ruling and support from the Attorney General supporting that ruling. Reid says they’ll now move on to other action.He says with the administrative process now complete, they’ll now appeal to the district court. Reid says the case will be heard in Polk County District Court.He says the court has the option of accepting additional evidence and then will take a look at the managment contract and determine if the contract meets the law. Reid argued today that Iowa West now consults with Harrah’s about the operation of the facility, but he says the group has no say in the final decisions.
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