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Idaho Gaming

7/10/2018

article Horse racing initiative qualifies for November ballot
(Idaho) -- Horse racing in Idaho suffered what many called a "death sentence" in 2015 when lawmakers deemed the historical, or instant racing terminals...
article Idaho Historic Horse Racing Initiative Gallops To November Ballot
(Idaho) -- Idaho voters will get to choose whether to legalize gambling on historic horse races later this fall. It’s the first ballot initiative to come before...
article Idaho will vote this fall on legalizing horse-race gambling machines
(Idaho) -- In November, Idahoans will be able to vote on a measure that would legalize historical horse racing, Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Tuesday. An...

6/28/2018

article Horse Racing Gambling Gets Closer To Idaho Ballot
(Idaho) -- 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...
article Horse-race gambling backers believe boxes of petitions are enough for November ballot
(Idaho) -- Supporters of "historical horse racing," or "instant racing," are close to getting a measure on the November ballot, hoping to legalize...

6/26/2018

article Horse racing industry sees ballot measure as savior
(Idaho) -- With the Idaho Secretary of State’s office announcing that it’s likely a ballot initiative authorizing “historical” or “instant...

6/7/2018

article OP/ED: Don’t confuse legal betting and ‘horse racing’
(Idaho) -- No. That’s the answer to a question plenty of readers have sent me since the federal government officially legalized sports betting. Here’s a paraphrased...

5/13/2018

article Popular and Ghostly Casino Building Sold
(Idaho) -- The Casino, a landmark on Main Street in Ketchum, Idaho, has been operating since the 1920s. There have been stories about ghosts haunting the casino, and it...

4/19/2018

article Best last chance for racing?
(Idaho) -- Only a couple of weeks remain but that means there is still hope for Idaho horse breeders and racing enthusiasts. The racing industry in Idaho is marshaling...

3/29/2018

article Horse racing, or horse manure?
(Idaho) -- Organizers of a statewide ballot initiative that seeks to legalize the use of betting machines for wagering on past horse races hit a wall of resistance this...

3/21/2018

article COLUMN: Indian gaming is an ongoing target
(Idaho) -- Squabbles over gambling in Idaho may be with us forever. Or thereabouts. Let’s see, in the 2017 legislative session, the House State Affairs Committee...

1/16/2018

article Measure to legalize horse-race betting machines is likely unconstitutional, says AG
(Idaho) -- A proposed ballot initiative to legalize “historical horse racing” — slot machine-like betting terminals at which players bet on randomly...

2/28/2017

article Idaho “Anti-Tribal” Gambling Bill Defeated
(Idaho) -- An Idaho gambling bill that sought to limit the scope of the state’s tribal gaming sector was narrowly defeated in a House committee this week by an 8-7...

2/27/2017

article Idaho lawmakers reject anti-tribal gambling bill
(Idaho) -- Idaho lawmakers have thumbed down a proposal to amend the state law classifying gambling machines at tribal casinos in the state as illegal slot machines. But...
article Idaho narrowly vote against ‘anti-tribal gaming bill’
(Idaho) -- The House State Affairs Committee voted to kill the ‘anti-tribal gaming bill’, carried by Rep. Tom Loertscher. The bill was intended to amend the...
article Loertscher-sponsored bill aimed to amend tribal gaming law defeated in House State Affairs Committee
(Idaho) -- An attempt by state Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone, to amend the Idaho tribal gaming law failed on a narrow vote Thursday. Freshman Rep. Dustin Manwaring, R-...

2/26/2017

article Proposed Idaho video gaming machine ban downed in committee
(Idaho) -- In Idaho, proposed legislation that would have banned tribal casinos from operating video gaming machines has reportedly been narrowly defeated following...
article Immigration, sled dogs and slot machines
(Idaho) -- Week 7 of the 2017 legislative session has been the busiest yet. Floor sessions have been starting earlier than usual in order to have enough time to vote on...

2/25/2017

article Playing Against the House: Idaho Lawmakers Nix Anti-Tribal Gaming Bill
(Idaho) -- Following three days of testimony and debate, the Idaho House State Affairs Committee decided in a razor-thin vote to hold House Bill 127 in committee, in...

2/24/2017

article Bill to change tribal gaming law defeated
(Idaho) -- An attempt by state Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone, to amend Idaho tribal gaming law failed on a narrow vote Thursday in the state Legislature.
article Idaho House panel narrowly rejects bill going after tribal gaming
(Idaho) -- Efforts by Idaho lawmakers to limit tribal gaming failed Thursday in an 8-7 vote. Legislation would have amended a voter initiative from 15 years ago that...
article Push to restrict Idaho tribal gaming ends with House panel’s narrow vote
(Idaho) -- The bill carried by Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, would have removed current state law that says video gambling machines at tribal casinos in Idaho are not...
article Tribal gaming bill killed in committee
(Idaho) -- A bill that would have banned tribal slot machines died in an 8-7 vote Thursday by the House State Affairs Committee. The Idaho Constitution bans slot...
press release State Affairs Committee Votes to Hold Anti-Gaming Bill
(Idaho) -- Today, the House Committee on State Affairs concluded their hearing on House Bill 127, which was an attempt to undermine tribal gaming in Idaho. The committee...

2/23/2017

article House State Affairs rejects anti-tribal gaming bill, 8-7
(Idaho) -- The House State Affairs Committee has voted 8-7 to kill HB 127, the anti-tribal gaming bill, which sought to amend the law Idaho voters enacted by initiative...
article Idaho House panel narrowly rejects bill going after tribal gaming
(Idaho) -- Idaho lawmakers took aim at tribal gaming, but legislation to amend the 2002 voter initiative that legalized tribal casinos statewide failed in a House...
article Panel kills bill banning video gambling at tribal casinos
(Idaho) -- An Idaho House panel has killed a bill aimed at banning lucrative video gambling at tribal casinos in Idaho. The Spokesman-Review reports (http://bit.ly/...
article Poll: Leave Indian gaming alone
(Idaho) -- Wednesday Poll: A supermajority of Hucks Nation says the state Legislature should leave Indian gaming alone. 152 of 197 respondents (77.16%) oppose an effort...

2/22/2017

article Bill to be played out in gaming machine controversy
(Idaho) -- Another battle over Indian gaming machines comes to a vote in the House State Affairs Committee this morning, following two days of lengthy testimony.
article CdA Tribe: ‘The state and tribe are partners in this’
(Idaho) -- Tyrel Stevenson, legislative director for Coeur d’Alene Tribe, told the House State Affairs Committee at this morning’s hearing on HB 127, “...
article Chief Allan: ‘I give you my word that everything we do is legal under the Constitution’
(Idaho) -- Chief Allan, chairman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, said he personally traveled the state talking with Idahoans when the tribal gaming initiative was on...
article Hayden mayor speaks out strongly against HB 127, the anti-tribal gaming bill
(Idaho) -- Steve Griffits, mayor of Hayden and for 12 years head of the “Jobs Plus” economic development organization in Kootenai County, spoke out against...
article Idaho Anti-Slot Legislation Fails to Hit the Jackpot
(Idaho) -- A bill in the Idaho legislature seeking to prohibit electronic gaming machines at the state’s tribal casinos received a pounding this week from state AG...
article Lawmakers sharply question Leroy at tribal gaming bill hearing
(Idaho) -- David Leroy, speaking as the attorney for Coeur d’Alene Racing Inc., told the House State Affairs Committee this morning that he believes HB 127, the...
article Pastor tells lawmakers all gambling should be opposed
(Idaho) -- Retired Pastor Steven McPherson told the House State Affairs Committee that he supports HB 127, the anti-tribal gaming bill, and said, “Perhaps it doesn...
article Roden on tribal gaming: ‘Let’s put these wars behind us’
(Idaho) -- Bill Roden, attorney, lobbyist, former state lawmaker and former representative of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, described the history of gaming law in Idaho...
article Shoshone-Bannock Tribes express opposition to gaming bill at legislative hearing
(Idaho) -- Former Fort Hall Business Council Chairman Nathan Small strongly urged state lawmakers Tuesday to reject legislation its sponsor said would clarify which...
article Testimony wraps up on tribal gaming bill, no vote or committee discussion today…
(Idaho) -- Jeremy Pisca, representing the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, was the last person called to testify to the House State Affairs Committee this morning on HB 127, the...
article Tribal slots hearing stretches on
(Idaho) -- The second day of hearings on a bill to ban slot machines at tribal casinos ended without action Wednesday following two hours of testimony. Action on the...

2/21/2017

article Attorney: ‘The legislation is an illegal attempt to unilaterally amend tribal gaming compacts’
(Idaho) -- Scott Crowell, attorney for the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, told lawmakers, “The legislation is an illegal attempt to unilaterally amend tribal gaming...
article House panel hears tribal slots bill
(Idaho) -- The first day of hearings on a proposal to ban tribal slot machines ended without action Tuesday because so many people showed up to testify on the bill....
article Loertscher: ‘Though not called slot machines, advertised as such’
(Idaho) -- House State Affairs Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, opened this morning’s hearing on his bill, HB 127, saying, “We authorized in the state a...
article Nez Perce tribal official: ‘We shouldn’t have to defend our economic growth’
(Idaho) -- Shannon Wheeler, a member of the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, the governing body of the Nez Perce Tribe, told the House State Affairs Committee,...
article Official review finds holes in proposed Idaho video gaming machine legislation
(Idaho) -- In the western American state of Idaho, an official review of proposed legislation that would ban tribal casinos from operating video gaming machines has...
article Sho-Ban official: ‘It seems like the rug is always jerked out from under us, we don’t want that to happen’
(Idaho) -- Darrell Shay, vice chairman of the Fort Hall Business Council of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, told lawmakers, “I’m here to talk to you leader to...
article Two Idaho Attorney General’s opinions point to problems with HB 127, tribal gaming bill
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Attorney General’s office has written two legal opinions on HB 127, in response to requests from Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, and Ilana Rubel...
article Tribes warn lawmakers against gaming ban bill
(Idaho) -- Tribal members are warning an Idaho House panel that tweaking the law on what gaming is allowed on Indian reservations would violate the delicate contracts...
article Okuniewicz of CdA Racing: ‘We’re in the gambling business, and it’s important to us’
(Idaho) -- Doug Okuniewicz, general manager for Coeur d’Alene Racing, which operates the Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls, was the first one called to...

2/19/2017

article Official: Tribal gaming ban bill could cause legal problems
(Idaho) -- An attorney general's legal review of legislation seeking to ban lucrative video gaming at tribal casinos in Idaho says the measure could spark multiple...

2/15/2017

article Sho-Bans: Rep. Loertscher’s anti-tribal gaming bill ‘misguided’
(Idaho) -- The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have issued a statement denouncing HB 127, Rep. Tom Loertscher’s bill targeting tribal gaming in Idaho. The measure was...
article Shoshone-Bannock Tribes denounce bill targeting Indian gaming in Idaho
(Idaho) -- The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have denounced House Bill 127, a bill introduced last week in the Idaho House that proposes making tribal video gaming machines...

2/14/2017

article Idaho lawmakers go after tribal gaming machines with new measure
(Idaho) -- A proposal to alter part of a 2002 law authorizing gambling gaming machines in tribal casinos has gained steam in the Idaho congress. The Idaho State Journal...
article Bill that would allow small-dog racing passes House
(Idaho) -- Wiener dog races could soon be coming to a fair near you if Rep. Clark Kauffman's bill to legalize small dog races at county fairs becomes law. It passed...

2/10/2017

article Idaho lawmakers go after tribal gaming machines with new measure
(Idaho) -- A proposal to alter part of a 2002 law authorizing gambling gaming machines in tribal casinos has gained steam in the Idaho congress.

2/9/2017

article Idaho House Panel Introduces Bill Limiting Indian Gambling
(Idaho) -- 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.
article Idaho House Re-opens Tribal Casino Issue Of Gaming Machines [audio]
(Idaho) -- A House committee will re-open the issue of gaming machines in tribal casinos in Idaho. It’s a contentious issue that has a long history in the state.

2/8/2017

article Amid misgivings, Idaho lawmakers introduce bill to target tribal gaming
(Idaho) -- An Idaho House committee agreed to introduce legislation Wednesday aimed at targeting tribal gaming, including the Coeur d’Alene Tribe’s...
article House committee introduces Loertscher’s bill targeting tribal gaming
(Idaho) -- House State Affairs Chairman Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, introduced a bill in his committee this morning targeting tribal gaming, seeking to alter part of the law...
article Idaho House shoots down bill to repeal electronic pull-tabs
(Idaho) -- Legislators in Idaho killed a bill on Tuesday that would outlaw electronic pull-tab machines in the state, according to the Associated Press.

2/4/2017

article Bill to ban TouchTab Lottery machines sent to floor without recommendation
(Idaho) -- State legislation to outlaw Idaho’s TouchTabs Lottery machines got punted by the House State Affairs Committee on Thursday. Rep. Dustin Manwaring, R-...
article Idaho Bar-Based Lottery Machines In Danger After Anti-Gambling Group Crusade
(Idaho) -- Idaho Lottery gambling machines commonly found in bars and taverns spread across the northwestern US state could soon disappear from the watering holes after...

2/3/2017

article Reluctant Idaho lawmakers forward a bill to outlaw gambling machines that bring $3 million a year to state coffers
(Idaho) -- Reluctant Idaho lawmakers agreed to forward a bill outlawing electronic pull-tab machines that bring $3 million in profit to the state lottery each year.

3/29/2016

article Death of an Industry
(Idaho) -- Les Bois Park was the heart of the racing industry in the state of Idaho. With it gone, the entire industry will die. The small track funding was generated by...

3/23/2016

article Betting Against the House: Has the Idaho Legislature Sanctioned State-Owned Slots?
(Idaho) -- "Look, the Idaho Lottery is established and protected by the Constitution. We're not out to stop the lottery. But we're trying to get those...

3/8/2016

article House State Affairs rejects new anti-gambling bill, 9-8
(Idaho) -- On a 9-8 vote today, the House State Affairs Committee refused to introduce a new anti-gambling bill aimed at targeting tribal gaming and any other slot...

2/25/2016

article OP/ED: Shut the slot machine Pandora’s box in Idaho
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Constitution is fundamental to the rule of law. Idaho’s governor, attorney general, lottery director and legislators all pledged, “I do...
article Prospects appear dim for gaming commission legislation
(Idaho) -- Saying that prospects look dim for state draft legislation that could bring historical horse racing video terminals back to Sandy Downs racetrack near Idaho...

2/23/2016

article Horsemen’s group pitches gaming commission bill, but no hearing set
(Idaho) -- Backers of Idaho’s horse industry gathered for a press conference in the Capitol today to release their proposed legislation setting up a new gaming...
article Idaho horsemen group announce bill, hearing blocked so far
(Idaho) -- It’s been a highly debated topic for the past year -- instant horse racing in Idaho. Last year, the Legislature passed a bill that banned the machines....
article Idaho horsemen rally at Statehouse in support of horse racing bill
(Idaho) -- Idaho horsemen rallied at the Statehouse Feb. 23 in support of a proposed bill that aims to ensure the survival of live horse racing in the state. The Idaho...
article Instant racing return unlikely
(Idaho) -- A news conference convened to promote the return of “historical” or “instant racing” provided strong evidence that instant racing isn...
article Prospects appear dim for gaming commission legislation
(Idaho) -- Prospects look dim for state draft legislation that could bring historical horse-racing video terminals back to the Sandy Downs racetrack near Idaho Falls....

2/22/2016

article Local lawmaker OKs introduction of state gaming agency proposal
(Idaho) -- Two of Rep. Elaine Smith’s Democratic colleagues voted recently against the successful introduction in the House State Affairs Committee of a bill...

2/18/2016

article Idaho House panel introduces gaming agency bill
(Idaho) -- An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would create a new state agency to oversee and investigate gambling activities throughout the state. The...
article Smith votes to print Loertscher’s state gaming agency legislation as a courtesy
(Idaho) -- Two of her Democratic colleagues voted Wednesday against introducing in the House State Affairs Committee a bill by sponsored by Iona Republican Rep. Tom...

2/17/2016

article Idaho gaming commission proposed in Statehouse
(Idaho) -- A House panel voted to introduce a bill creating a gaming commission that would oversee Idaho's gaming industry. The state currently has three independent...
article Idaho House panel introduces gaming agency bill
(Idaho) -- An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation that would create a new state agency to oversee and investigate gambling activities throughout the state. The...
article Loertscher wants Idaho gaming commission
(Idaho) -- Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Bone, introduced a bill that would create a gaming commission to oversee all gambling in the Gem State. With betting on horse racing,...

10/11/2015

article U.S. 93 Road Trip: Highway Reveals Fascinating Swath of Idaho — Part 1
(Idaho) -- There’s nothing like hitting the open road and traveling to places you’ve never been — unless it’s slowing down for a deeper look at a...

9/26/2015

article Idaho horse racing executives were among top campaign donors in 2014
(Idaho) -- The top individual campaign donors in Idaho in 2014 included wealthy residents with prominent business interests in ranching, horse breeding, farming, timber...

9/12/2015

article Track officials ‘devastated’ by ban on horse racing machines
(Idaho) -- Turning off 200 machines Friday morning had already caused John Sheldon to lose 80 employees by the afternoon.
article Editorial: Idaho’s ‘instant racing’ is over: Amen
(Idaho) -- The Idaho Supreme Court effectively unplugged the “instant racing” machines at Greyhound Park in Post Falls, tossing Gov. Butch Otter’s...
article Indian Relay Races highlight last day of Eastern Idaho State Fair on Saturday
(Idaho) -- It just might be the most exciting event at the Eastern Idaho State Fair, and it’s definitely one of the oldest. Aaron Buckskin with the Fort Hall...

9/6/2015

article Tribes generate revenue — Study finds Idaho tribes are economic powerhouse
(Idaho) -- In Idaho communities adjacent to tribal lands, University of Idaho Economics Professor Steve Peterson said he sees plenty of partnership opportunities between...

8/16/2015

article Otter to blame for racing mess
(Idaho) -- Gov. Butch Otter has taken his share of criticism over issues the state has handled poorly, from the botched broadband Internet contract for public schools to...

7/14/2015

article Gambling begins at Jefferson’s $40 million casino
(Iowa) -- Cards are being dealt for blackjack and slot machines are chiming at the new $40 million Wild Rose Casino & Resort in Jefferson. The facility began...

6/13/2015

article Idaho Supreme Court says Otter and two racing firms can submit briefs, but not argue
(Idaho) -- With various parties clamoring to intervene in the instant racing case, the Idaho Supreme Court issued an order today allowing Gov. Butch Otter, Coeur d...

5/13/2015

article Tribes plan new casino at Fort Hall complex
(Idaho) -- Tribal members discussed the next phase of construction at the Shoshone-Bannock Casino during the tribe’s annual meeting last week. Randy L’ Teton...

4/11/2015

article Racetrack in eastern Idaho faces possible license suspension
(Idaho) -- A racetrack in eastern Idaho faces the possible suspension of its simulcast license if it doesn't soon receive approval from county officials.

3/19/2015

article Rep. Perry: Indian gaming is constitutional, 'got to quit going there'
(Idaho) -- Rep. Christy Perry, R-Nampa, in her closing comments in favor of HB 279, the state gaming commission bill, told the House State Affairs Committee, “...

3/18/2015

article Idaho House panel endorses creation of gaming commission
(Idaho) -- Increased scrutiny over the variety of Idaho’s slot-like machines has lawmakers calling for a new oversight board to regulate and investigate gambling...

3/17/2015

article Bill would create independent Idaho gaming commission
(Idaho) -- The House State Affairs Committee has agreed to hold a hearing on a bill to eliminate the lottery and horse racing commissions and create an independent...
article Loertscher proposes new Gaming Commission, to replace both Lottery Commish and Racing Commission
(Idaho) -- At the urging of Rep. Tom Loertscher, R-Iona, the House State Affairs Committee has agreed this morning to introduce legislation to do away with the state...

3/15/2015

article Horse racing businesses owed due process
(Idaho) -- Credit the Coeur d’Alene Tribe with cleverness. It took me a while to realize exactly what the tribe was up to with its Senate Bill 1011, but now I know.

3/7/2015

article Bill to ban all gambling in Idaho pulled from agenda
(Idaho) -- A bill that would have banned all gambling in Idaho, including the lottery and tribal casinos, was nixed before it got printed. House Ways and Means Chair...

3/6/2015

article Anti-gambling bill proposed, then pulled from Ways & Means agenda...
(Idaho) -- Just before the start of this morning’s House Ways & Means Committee meeting, Chair Christy Perry, R-Nampa, announced that the agenda had changed...

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