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Eastern Idaho race track faces possible license suspension

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An eastern Idaho race track faces possible suspension of its simulcast license if it doesn't receive approval from county officials. The Idaho Racing Commission met April 3 to discuss the validity of Sandy Downs Racing's licenses that permit it to operate simulcast gaming and slot-like betting machines. The commission unanimously agreed that the race track has until April 17 to receive county approval or risk suspension. Questions surrounding the track's license surfaced earlier this legislative session while lawmakers debated legislation that would repeal roughly 250 instant racing betting machines. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter vetoed the legislation. However, racing commissioners agreed that the Idaho Falls race track doesn't meet the statutory required approval from Bonneville County Commissioners. Sandy Downs is currently the only race track to operate instant racing machines off-site.

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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