Idaho Instant Horse Racing Fact Check
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Two years after lawmakers approved ushering in lucrative betting machines known as instant racing, it's not uncommon to hear the same legislators say they were duped into voting in favor of cleverly disguised illegal slot machines.
Proponents of instant racing — betting on a prior horse race with no identifiable information — argue lawmakers were given the necessary information during the testimony provided in 2013. The Associated Press reviewed audio and transcripts of all the testimony given while lawmakers considered permitting instant racing in Idaho.
Instant racing supporters focused on saving Idaho's horse racing industry much more than how the machines would operate. But many questions regarding where the machines would be set up and the legalized types of betting were answered during the testimony.