Terry Branstad on Local Issues



Let Gaming Commission decide location of new casinos, if any

Gov. Terry Branstad is taking a status-quo view of state gaming regulation, while state Sen. Jack Hatch wants market forces to guide future casino licensure decisions in Iowa.

Branstad said he would defer decisions on issuing any more state casino gambling licenses to the state Racing and Gaming Commission, which determined last month that it would not welcome new license applications for the next 3 years. Hatch said, "We shouldn't be picking winners and losers, and there's nothing in the state statute that says we have to protect the other casinos."

Branstad said he believed "it would be wrong for there to be political interference" in the commission's handling of licensure issues to protect the integrity of the state, keep operations safe and fair and following establish criteria to determine what is in the best interest of the people of Iowa.

But Hatch responded, "For a governor to interfere with the market and protect existing business is an anomaly for a Republican governor."

Source: Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier on 2014 Iowa governor debate , Aug 17, 2014

Saving costs is a priority: rescind RICE rule

Signed Executive Order number 72, rescinding the Iowa "RICE" rule. The RICE rule forced back-up diesel generators to be retrofitted with very expensive new parts, even though the engines are rarely used.

On a 'Rules and Regulations' tour we learned of many regulations burden Iowa business. This administration is serious about removing burdensome regulations. 67 Iowa utilities would have added costs because of this rule, which would likely result in higher prices for the Iowa consumer.

Source: 2011 Iowa Gubernatorial press release , Apr 4, 2011

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