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There’ll be no appeal of today’s instant racing decision; machines are now illegal

This March 5, 2015 file photo, shows video gaming terminals at Les Bois Park in Garden City, Idaho. (AP / Otto Kitsinger)
This March 5, 2015 file photo, shows video gaming terminals at Les Bois Park in Garden City, Idaho. (AP / Otto Kitsinger)

There will be no appeal of today’s Idaho Supreme Court ruling overturning Gov. Butch Otter’s veto of legislation to ban slot machine-like “instant racing” machines, according to the Idaho Attorney General’s office.  “It’s been clear from the get-go that the Secretary of State has said all along that he will do whatever the court instructs in this case,” said Todd Dvorak, spokesman for Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. “This is it.”

The court ordered Secretary of State Lawerence Denney to certify the bill as law, meaning the gambling machines became illegal in Idaho as of July 1. You can read our full story here at spokesman.com.

Otter said in a statement that he believed he’d properly vetoed the bill. “While I disagree with today’s ruling, I will continue working toward a solution that ensures a viable live horse racing industry in Idaho,” he said.



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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