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Otter wants ‘instant racing’ back

Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says he wants to see lucrative betting machines known as instant horse racing terminals reinstated in Idaho, with tighter regulations. The Idaho Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that the betting machines are illegal because Otter's veto of legislation banning them wasn't returned to lawmakers on time. In an opinion editorial released Wednesday, Otter said that horse racing services - including pari-mutuel betting terminals - need to be restored in order to preserve the state's struggling horse racing industry. The governor also called for tighter regulations on the operation and locations of the machines/KTVB. More here.

Question: Would you like to see "instant racing" return to Idaho?

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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