Idaho tackles old gambling law

FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2010

BOISE – Looks like Idahoans can fill out their March Madness brackets without looking over their shoulders.

Idaho law makes it a misdemeanor for Idaho prosecutors or law enforcement officers to not prosecute “any act of gambling,” and state lawmakers say it’s time to take the archaic law off the books.

If it were enforced, no office pool or penny-ante poker game could go unprosecuted, or the cops and prosecutors would face charges themselves.

The Idaho Senate on Thursday voted 34-1 to eliminate the century-old law, following an earlier 69-1 vote in the Idaho House. The bill, HB 422, now goes to the governor.

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