Some of the workers at the construction site said they didn't even know about the court's rulingMore >>
Some of the workers at the construction site said they didn't even know about the court's ruling. More >>
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Iowa gaming regulators are left with some uncertainty, after a judge orders construction at Sioux City's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino stop.
Polk County Judge Robert Hanson granted a motion to stay, in favor of Penn National Gaming, until litigation can be resolved between them and the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission.
Penn claims the IRGC violated the company's constitutional protections, as well as state and federal laws when it awarded Woodbury County's gambling license to Hard Rock developer Sioux City Entertainment.
One official with the IRGC says Tuesday's decision, leaves many questions about the future of the Hard Rock, a project that is several months into construction.
"It's still too early to tell. We received the judge's order yesterday and have been and will be meeting with the attorney general's office to determine if and what options we may have ," IRGC Administrator Brian Ohorilko said.
Ohorilko says the IRGC's initial read of the court's order found the issuance of the license and everything related to it is now on hold. Meaning, a $53,000 a day fine, the Hard Rock was set to face if they were not open by March of 2015, will not be enforceable.
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