Just as Rep. Jim Clark was ready to start his opening debate in the House today on SB 1074a, the dog racing simulcasting bill, his neighbor, Rep. Ken Roberts, turned on some music. As “Who let the dogs out??” pulsed through the House chambers, Clark drew a laugh from his fellow legislators that may have helped the bill pass 51-19.
The measure allows the off-track betting on simulcasts of horse and dog races now conducted at the Coeur d’Alene Greyhound Park to move to another location in Kootenai County if the park’s owners sell the building or convert it to other uses. Having earlier passed the Senate, the bill now goes to Gov. Dirk Kempthorne.