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Lawmakers say they were ‘duped,’ rethinking approval of ‘historical’ horse racing machines

Here's a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers are having second thoughts about a new form of betting on horse races, contending they feel "duped" by operators of a track in the Boise area that's installed the gambling machines. The Idaho Statesman ( reported Wednesday the House State Affairs Committee rejected proposed rules for instant gaming in Idaho. These machines store thousands of past races that are generated randomly on a screen for wagering. But Rep. Gayle Batt, a Wilder Republican, says machines installed at the Les Bois horse track in Garden City aren't what were described when proponents pushed them to lawmakers last year as a way to generate additional revenue and revitalize businesses. Lawmakers, among other things, worry people can skip to the end of races to accelerate betting. They're now working on an alternative.

Idaho Statesman reporter Cynthia Sewell's full report is online here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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