As a former Idaho senator, like many legislators, former and current, I support S-1011, the bill to repeal instant horse racing in Idaho. The machines that were installed are illegal under the Idaho State Constitution, Article 3, section 20. The majority of our state legislators deserve a big “thank you” for doing the right thing by supporting our Constitution and upholding our laws despite high-dollar opposition.
There are alternatives to illegal gambling as funding methods for the horse racing industry. Idahoans and their legislators have been very clear: no expansion of illegal gambling in Idaho. The possibility of new casinos in nearly every corner of our state doesn’t help us build our economy or the kind of healthy communities our families deserve. Illegal gambling goes against our values and the will of the voters of Idaho.
I sincerely hope Gov.Butch Otter will do the right thing as the Senate and House did. Support the Idaho Constitution by signing S-1011 into law today.
Grant Ipsen, Meridian