In May of 1983, the Iowa Legislature passed the Pari-Mutuel Wagering Act, allowing qualified sponsoring organizations to apply for a license to conduct pari-mutuel wagering on horse and dog racing.  The Governor signed the bill and subsequently appointed the first Racing Commission on July 1, 1983.

The sections below contain a short synopsis of the changes to the Commission structure, and legislation implemented in response to the changing nature of racing & gaming in Iowa.

Commission Chronology

Chronology of the Commission by year.