Iowa governor signs 9 bills into law, vetoes 2


April 26th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed nine bills into law, including establishing a compulsory preschool attendance age, but he vetoed a measure letting gamblers decide how long they want to be banned from casinos. Branstad reviewed 11 bills Friday, signing nine into law and vetoing two.

The governor approved legislation giving school boards power to require all 4-year-olds enrolled in a voluntary, state-sponsored preschool to follow attendance policies. He vetoed a measure that would have given gamblers the option of banning themselves from the state’s casinos and Iowa lottery for either five years or life. Current Iowa law only permits a lifetime ban.

Branstad says he made his decision based off gambling treatment experts, who say gambling addition is a lifelong problem, making Iowa’s lifetime-only ban the best option.