All three Ada Commishes signed onto a full page ad in the Wednesday Statesman calling for Gov. Butch Otter to veto the repeal of horseless racing on slot machines at the County-owned Les Bois Park and two other locations in Idaho.
The legislature approved something called “instant racing or historical racing” in 2013. The practice was billed as “video delivery of previous races.” After visitors complained to the GUARDIAN that the machines are thinly disguised slots we took a look and agreed.
We brought the argument to the Ada Commishes and they told us they had no choice but to allow the gambling because the legislature had passed the bill allowing the slot-like machines and they had to follow the law.
During the current session, legislators claimed they had been duped by the proponents and the director of the racing commission resigned after it was disclosed he was lobbying in favor of the machines in Wyoming while ostensibly regulating them in Idaho. The legislature has repealed the approval of the machines, but now the Commishes have come out in support of the small group of wealthy horse owners seeking a veto in the home stretch.
Look for the issue to hit the courts soon if the repeal bill is vetoed. Reports from the Capitol indicate about a 50-50 split on lobbying the Guv for and against the veto.
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