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March 11, 2010 09:30 ET

Former Senator Calls for End to Greyhound Racing, "It Was a Mistake at the Beginning, It's Still a Mistake"

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA--(Marketwire - March 11, 2010) -  This week, former State Sen. William "Bill" Dieleman joined the effort to end live greyhound racing in Iowa. In a statement released Tuesday, Dieleman asks for help in correcting a mistake he made years ago when he and others accidentally passed greyhound racing into law.

In a video statement (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJTsXeZG9zA), Dieleman explains how in 1983 he and others were trying to defeat a pari-mutuel racing proposal. Convinced that adding dog racing to the bill would keep horse racing out of Iowa, Dieleman added a dog racing amendment. The amendment passed and the bill passed effectively approving greyhound racing, by mistake.

Dieleman continues in the video statement, urging his former colleagues to correct the mistake of greyhound racing. He notes that Iowa can put the dollars that are currently used to prop up the faltering dog racing industry to better use. An independent study performed by Christiansen Capital Advisors found that the more than $140M of purse supplements "has failed to stimulate renewed consumer interest in greyhound racing." The report further notes that purse supplements benefit few with more than 50% of the moneys going to 20 recipients and about 42% going to out-of-state operations.

Contrary to claims of self interested greyhound breeders, Harrah's, which operates the greyhound track in Council Bluffs, has agreed that upon termination of the existing agreement it will make direct payments to the state in lieu of subsidizing greyhound purses. Redirecting the funds away from dog racing to the state is equivalent to:

* Approximately 200 teachers in Iowa public schools, or
* An additional 100 state troopers, or
* Nearly 200 state social workers could be hired to assist needy Iowans; or
* More than 180 correctional workers to keep Iowa facilities safe.

For more information or to obtain a copy of the study, please contact Jim Carney at Carney@carneylawfirmiowa.com or (515) 282-6803.

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