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‘Instant Racing’ Decision Monday

Gov. Butch Otter won't announce what action he's taking on SB 1011, the bill to repeal instant racing, until Monday, his press secretary, Jon Hanian, just announced. Otter must take action on the bill - either veto it, sign it into law, or allow it to become law without his signature - by 4:54 p.m. tomorrow. But Hanian said with no lawmakers around either today or tomorrow, the governor decided to wait until Monday to inform lawmakers of his decision, once they're back. "He wants to have that conversation," Hanian said. "We will make that announcement on Monday"/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Hucks Nation said Otter will let bill become law without his signature. I suspect he'll veto bill. Idaho Legislature would have time to override veto if so inclined -- and it has the numbers to do so. Thoughts?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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