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Instant horse racing repeal bill advances in Senate

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Idaho senators who say they were duped into approving cleverly disguised slot machines two years ago pushed back Tuesday by voting 25-9 to repeal all instant horse racing in the state.

The measure, backed by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe, would mean that roughly 250 instant horse racing terminals installed in three locations around Idaho go dark.

Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill argued that the terminals displaying instant horse racing - betting on a previous horse race with no identifiable information- are too similar to an illegal slot machine.

However, Republican Sen. Bob Nonini, the only senator from a district containing both instant racing and Indian tribal gaming, says the issue of legality should be left up to the courts.

The bill now goes to the House for approval.

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2/17/2015 1:25:36 PM (GMT -8:00)

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