- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Lawmakers are having second thoughts about a new form of betting on horse races, contending they feel “duped” by operators of a track in the Boise area that’s installed the gambling machines.

The Idaho Statesman (https://tinyurl.com/qbfwlt6) reported Wednesday the House State Affairs Committee rejected proposed rules for instant gaming in Idaho.

These machines store thousands of past races that are generated randomly on a screen for wagering.

But Rep. Gayle Batt, a Wilder Republican, says machines installed at the Les Bois horse track in Garden City aren’t what were described when proponents pushed them to lawmakers last year as a way to generate additional revenue and revitalize businesses.

Lawmakers, among other things, worry people can skip to the end of races to accelerate betting.

They’re now working on an alternative.

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