As of 1:30 p.m. today, it looks like the politicos are whipping a dead horse over repeal of the so-called instant racing bill.
The Guv apparently vetoed the repeal bill in secret Saturday and waited until Monday to reveal his decision. BETSY RUSSELL has a story which indicates the horseless racing issue is down to a “photo finish” and may even be a dead heat.
The short version is Idaho law requires the Guv to deliver his veto to a clerk or other member of the originating house (senate) within the period specified by law. This specifically applies even if that house is not meeting, but the legislature is still in session. All reports indicate the race may be over, but no one knows the winner since the delivery date seems to have been missed.
Meanwhile, Russell reported that Gov. Butch Otter was paid $92,000 by the horsemen over the past few years while the Indians paid him less than a quarter of that amount, $22,000. The payment amounts come from campaign records.
UPDATE 3:15 p.m.
Otter now says he signed the veto on Friday afternoon. In the veto message, dated April 3 and sent to Lt. Gov. Brad Little, Otter calls for leaving exclusive rights to the horseless racing slot machines in the hands of the three horseman groups who currently hold licenses. Read the Guv’s letters HERE.
He has also asked the Racing Commission to limit the slot machine activities to existing machines with no increases in the number of terminals and said he would look favorably on a “gaming commission” to regulate all gambling in Idaho.
The Coeur d’Alene Indian tribe immediately issued a STATEMENT asking legislators to override the veto.
Senate will not challenge veto after Repubs caucus. Look for some court action
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