- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - A northern Idaho lawmaker is off to the races after proposing new legislation that would limit Idaho’s lucrative slot-like machines known as instant horse racing terminals.

Republican Sen. Bob Nonini of Coeur d’Alene is looking to limit instant racing to just three locations in Idaho - Les Bois Park in Boise, Greyhound Park Event Center in Post Falls and Sandy Downs racetrack in Idaho Falls.

The bill would also force Sandy Downs to remove their betting machines from their off-site location. The machines would only be allowed to operate directly at the racetracks.

The Senate State Affairs Committee voted to introduce the legislation Friday. However, Chairman Curt McKenzie says that the committee will take testimony next week on a competing bill seeking to repeal the law allowing instant racing machines in Idaho.

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