Legislators have drafted a bill that could save live horse racing. It's the Gaming Commission Bill. The bill would create a gaming commission to oversee and regulate all electronic gaming in the state.
It would also allow historical racing terminals, which are vital to the horse racing community.Opponents say those terminals are too similar to slot machines and should be banned, but the Idaho Horse Council’s director, Debbie Amsden, says the racing terminals are based off of pari-mutuel betting and not gambling.
The horse racing industry used the terminal for about a year before they were outlawed. People in the industry say those machines generate a lot of economic activity, and without them horsing professionals will have to leave the state.
The bill would also allow the gaming commission to oversee Idaho lottery terminals, tribal gaming machines and bingo-raffle operations. The next step for the bill is a print hearing.