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Senate minority caucus chair: Instant racing repeal bill is law, veto invalid

Like the Senate Republicans, the Senate Democrats are sorting through process questions, laws and rules to figure out what’s up with the questions over Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of SB 1011, the instant racing repeal bill. “SB 1011 is law,” said Senate Minority Caucus Chairman Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, an attorney. Both the Idaho Constitution and state law “says it has to be returned to the Senate within five days. Five days was Saturday. It was returned today. It’s law,” Burgoyne said. But he added that at this point, that’s his opinion; the Democratic caucus hasn’t taken a position.

Nor has the Republican caucus, which is just heading back behind closed doors again, to caucus before coming back on the floor this afternoon…

Here’s the section of the Idaho Constitution that deals with vetoes: Article IV, Section 10.

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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