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‘Historical horse racing’ expected to qualify for ballot

Election officials say a proposal to legalize so-called “historical horse racing” in Idaho appears to have secured enough verifiable signatures to qualify for the November ballot. It’s now up to the state’s election office to determine if the signatures meet legislative district requirements.

Tribes won’t renew lobbying contract after initiative filed

Officials with the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say they will not renew a contract with their lobbying firm after the firm filed a ballot initiative to legalize lucrative betting machines known as instant racing. The tribes and others across the state have previously come out against the betting terminals, saying they do not use pari-mutuel wagering...

‘Instant racing’ ballot measure pushed, but Idaho AG says it may be unconstitutional

A proposed ballot initiative to legalize “historical horse racing” – slot machine-like betting terminals at which players bet on randomly selected past horse races – has been submitted to the state, but the Idaho Attorney General’s office has issued an opinion that raises serious questions about whether the measure is constitutional.

Lawmakers, racing commission divided on saving industry

Officials with the Idaho Racing Commission say they'll run out of money by 2018, leaving them unable to regulate the state's horse racing industry unless lawmakers help funnel funds their way. However, top Republican leaders say they no longer trust the racing industry because of their ongoing efforts to reinstate illegal instant racing...

Idaho racing groups seek OK of lucrative betting terminals

Racing groups are urging an Idaho commission to sign off on a last-ditch effort to save their faltering industry after failing to convince the Legislature to reinstate lucrative betting machines known as instant racing terminals. John Sheldon, the operator of Les Bois, Idaho's largest horse racing track, told state racing commissioners Wednesday...

Of vetoes, bill-signings and deadlines…

Here’s an oddity: On Friday, April 8, I wrote that Gov. Butch Otter had signed his last bill from this year’s legislative session and allowed four others to become law without his signature. His office explained to me that once the session has adjourned sine die, he has 10 days, excluding Sundays, from the time...

Julyamsh powwow moving to Kootenai County Fairgrounds

Julyamsh, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s annual powwow, will move to the Kootenai County Fairgrounds this summer. The event last was held in 2014 and had been at the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls for 17 years. The tribe broke off its relationship with that venue over legal and political disagreements related to the Greyhound Park’s installation of “instant racing” betting machines.