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Elko County Commissioners will consider allowing Jackpot to open the county’s first marijuana dispensary as the local economy tries to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing federal, state and local governments to take drastic measures. And in Nevada, Gov. Steve Sisolak did something never done before: he ordered all casinos in the state to shut down for 30 days.

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Proposition 1 – the measure to again legalize so-called “historical horse racing” in Idaho is getting attention this week. Opponents and advocates are speaking up about the ballot initiative voters will decide on in November.

Horse Racing Gambling Gets Closer To Idaho Ballot

Jun 28, 2018
Todd Dvorak

On Thursday, the “Save Idaho Horse Racing” campaign delivered 50 boxes of signed petitions to the Idaho Secretary of State in an effort to get their initiative on the November ballot.

Advocates Want Return Of Horse Racing To Idaho

May 30, 2018
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The organization Save Idaho Horse Racing wants to put historical horse racing machines at horse racing tracks. The machines allow the player to bet on the outcome of a randomly chosen race from the past, which is shown on the machine's screen. We discuss the state's inactive horse racing industry and how these machines might save it with Bruce Newcomb, chairman of Save Idaho Horse Racing.

On The Thursday, May 24, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters:

May 23, 2018
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  • Idahoans rally to collect signatures for horse racing machines.
  • Garden City's mayor weighs in on growth.
  • Idaho has one of the lowest rates of colon cancer screenings.
  • The Boise Bicycle Project wants to see every Boiseian on a bike

This program was originally broadcast in May of 2016

Nearly a century ago, the Chicago White Sox faced the Cincinnati Reds in the 1919 World Series. The games attracted big crowds, widespread enthusiasm and plenty of action from the so-called “sporting men” who placed bets on who would win each contest. Gambling was an integral and accepted part of baseball at the time, but for this Series, something seemed off. The White Sox were heavily favored to win, but they lost to the Reds five games to three. Speculation quickly surfaced that the Series had been rigged.

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The ongoing battle over appropriate Indian gambling is once again coming to a head in the Idaho Legislature, with both sides preparing to rip open old wounds.

Rep. Tom Loertscher, a Republican from Iona, introduced legislation Wednesday that would ban lucrative video gambling terminals inside the tribes' casinos. The proposal was tepidly accepted by the House State Affairs Committee, with some lawmakers raising concerns about the ripple effects of the bill.

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A bill seeking to ban lucrative electronic pull-tab games in Idaho is on its way to the House floor despite objections from state lottery officials that the betting terminals are not slot machines.

The House State Affairs Committee reluctantly endorsed legislation Thursday to repeal electronic pull-tab machines, known as touch tabs. The machines mimic the classic pull-tab lotto tickets but are paperless and are played almost exclusively in bars and restaurants.

"Let's slow it down, let's draw the line here," said Rep. Steven Harris, R-Meridian, the bill's sponsor.

Les Bois Park Live Horse Racing
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Idaho's horsemen groups are urging the state's racing 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 Idaho's largest horse racing track, told commissioners Wednesday that they already have the authority to allow tracks to use instant racing terminals.

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Two national daily sports fantasy contests have agreed to stop offering their games to Idaho consumers. 

The Idaho Attorney General’s office announced Monday an agreement with DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. Attorney General Lawrence Wasden says the settlement was reached after three months of negotiations.

“The concern I have is that the paid daily sports offerings provided by these companies constitute gambling under Idaho law,” Wasden says in a news release.

Les Bois Park Live Horse Racing
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Horses may no longer run at Les Bois Park in Boise. The company that runs the facility – Treasure Valley Racing – says a ban passed earlier this year on gambling machines is jeopardizing its business.

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Idaho's highest court says the state must enforce legislation banning lucrative instant horse racing terminals.

In a unanimous decision issued Thursday, the court ruled that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's veto of the legislation was invalid because he didn't complete it within the required five-day time span.

Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter issued the following statement today in reaction to the decision:

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It’s a multi-million dollar question that now stands before the Idaho Supreme Court: Should a ban on instant horse racing become law? This question was argued before the justices Tuesday.

The case is about instant horse racing machines, which some, like the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, argue are too close to illegal slot machines.

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A federal appeals court has rejected a request by the Coeur d'Alene Tribe to dismiss a lawsuit by Idaho officials seeking to prevent Texas Hold 'Em poker tournaments at the tribe's casino.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals also on Wednesday upheld U.S. District Court Judge B. Lynn Winmill's injunction issued in September preventing the tribe from holding the tournaments while the lawsuit moves forward.

Idaho officials sued the tribe in May 2014 contending all forms of poker are banned under Idaho's Constitution and state law.

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Hay fields, vegetable gardens, and slot machines: There are several milestones that mark the timeline of tiny Garden City. This four mile burg, surrounded by much larger cities like Boise, has had a stop-and-start history.

The early history of Garden City is hard to come by. We do know the land caught the eye of the U.S. Army in 1863; Idaho historian Susan Stacy says that’s when soldiers came to the Treasure Valley to build Fort Boise. And with the Army came hungry horses.

4 Things You Should Know About Instant Racing In Idaho

Apr 7, 2015
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Two years ago, Idaho lawmakers approved  instant horse racing, which allows people to gamble using past races. Since that time, instant racing machines have been set up at three Idaho locations; Garden City, Post Falls and Idaho Falls.

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This post was updated April 7, 2015

The Idaho Senate has failed to override Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's veto on legislation that would have made roughly 250 slot-like betting machines in Idaho illegal,

However, senators passed three letters questioning the legality of Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter's notification actions.

The Senate voted 19-16 on Monday, just five votes shy of the required two-thirds support needed to flip a veto in a chamber.

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The owners of Les Bois Park in Garden City say they'll close the facility permanently if the Idaho Legislature bans instant racing. A bill to do away with the betting terminals – which critics say too closely resemble slot machines – is making its way through the Legislature.

Several hundred gambling devices in Idaho would become illegal under a bill now headed to the House floor.

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A new study says the five tribes of Idaho play a major role in the state’s economy. The study was put together by University of Idaho research economist Steve Peterson. It says the five tribes have a $1.1 billion annual sales impact on the Gem State’s economy.

The five tribes collectively raise the gross state product by $653 million, or about 1 percent of the gross state product in 2013.

Steve Peterson says a big portion of the money comes from tribal casinos, which have also helped to foster partnerships with local businesses and governments.

The Idaho Senate Tuesday passed a bill that would repeal a law allowing so-called “instant horse-racing” gambling machines. One senator said the Legislature had been the victim of a “bait and switch.”

Many of the senators agreed that the slot-like video devices that are now installed at three places in Idaho were not the historical horse race games they intended to legalize back in 2013. The question was what to do about it now.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A panel in the Idaho Senate voted  Wednesday to undo the 2013 decision that allowed so-called “instant horse racing” machines. Lawmakers now say the devices appear to violate the state constitution.

More than 200 machines have been installed, including several dozen at the Greyhound Park and Event Center in Post Falls.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The manufacturer of so-called “instant horse racing” machines tried to convince Idaho lawmakers Monday not ban the gambling devices.

Lawmakers legalized the machines two years ago, but are having second thoughts.

In 2013, track owners told lawmakers the games based on historical races would help save the racing business. But lawmakers say the result look a like slot machines -- and those are illegal on non-tribal land.

Nearly 20 northern Idaho officials sent a letter to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden on Wednesday urging the state to ban betting machines known as instant racing terminals.

The letter is the latest development in the fight over the legality of instant horse racing — betting on a previous horse race without any identifiable information. Roughly 250 machines have been installed in Idaho.

North Idaho College President Joe Dunlap, Coeur d'Alene Mayor Steve Widmeyer and former Lt. Gov. Jack Riggs were among the letter's signers.

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