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Senators: Otter Veto Illegal

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has vetoed legislation to outlaw “instant racing” gambling machines in Idaho, but senators, while failing to override the veto, noted pointedly Monday that it likely was illegal. The reason: Otter had five days to veto the bill and return it to the Senate. He vetoed it on Friday afternoon; the deadline was Saturday at 4:54 p.m. But he kept the news of his decision secret until Monday and didn’t return the vetoed bill to the Senate until Monday morning. Both the Idaho Constitution and state law say “it has to be returned to the Senate within five days,” Senate Minority Caucus Chair Grant Burgoyne, D-Boise, an attorney, said Monday. “Five days was Saturday. It was returned today. It’s law.” Senate GOP leaders said the Senate wanted to have a veto override vote anyway, after formally putting its legal concerns on the record/Betsy Russell, SR. More here.

Question: Do you think Otter's veto will stand?

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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