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Idaho governor vetoes repeal of instant horse racing

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has vetoed legislation that would have made roughly 250 slot-like betting machines in Idaho illegal. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has vetoed legislation that would have made roughly 250 slot-like betting machines in Idaho illegal.
BOISE, Idaho - Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has vetoed legislation that would have made roughly 250 slot-like betting machines in Idaho illegal.

But Otter did put a moratorium on any new instant racing machines in the state. The governor also asked the Legislature to join him in appointing a special investigator to assess the legality of the machines that are currently in use.

Known as instant horse racing, the machines allow bettors to place wages on prior horse races with no identifiable information.

However, backers of the bill said that the machines are essentially slot machines, which are illegal under Idaho's Constitution.

The Idaho Legislature now may vote on whether to override the veto. 

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe issued a release Monday afternoon, shortly after the announcement, asking the Legislature to override the veto. 

“Idahoans asked our Governor to defend the Idaho Constitution by repealing instant racing, and sadly the Governor made a clear choice to look the other way,” said Chairman Chief Allan of the Coeur d'Alene Tribe. “He turned his back on the Legislature and Idahoans in order to protect his friends and financiers.” said Chairman Chief Allan. 


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