The Idaho Supreme Court Thursday issued an order compelling Secretary of State Lawrence Denny to certify the Idaho Legislature’s repeal of the so-called “instant racing” law which permitted the use of what most people recognize as slot machines.
What this means is Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of the repeal was invalid due to late filing with the legislature.
“This wasn’t horse racing, it was slot machines,” Representative Phylis King Told The GUARDIAN. King was one of the two-thirds majority of both legislative houses who repealed the law allowing video slot used at Three tracks in Idaho, including Les Bois Park which is owned by Ada County.
Idaho State Police oversee the Horse Racing Commission and Col. Ralph Powell told the GUARDIAN, “The process is in the works to shut down the video racing.” He said the department was coordinating with the Secretary of State to confirm the repeal is certified as law. “The mechanics of the shutdown has begun,” said Powell.
Click here for the OFFICIAL SUMMARY of the Supreme Court decision.
For several years the GUARDIAN posted numerous stories about the slot machines and directly contacted officials at Ada County and the state, but until the legislature finally saw the light, our pleas were ignored.
Attorney fees were awarded to the Coeur d”Alene Indian tribe which was the plaintiff in the case, adding to the many thousands of dollars of public money used to defend anti-gay marriage, illegal contracts, and other legal issues ultimately overturned by courts.
link to previous RACING POSTS.
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