Butch Otter

Lawmakers, racing commission divided on saving industry

Officials with the Idaho Racing Commission say they'll run out of money by 2018, leaving them unable to regulate the state's horse racing industry unless lawmakers help funnel funds their way.

However, top Republican leaders say they no longer trust the racing industry because of their ongoing efforts to reinstate illegal instant racing betting terminals. Instant horse racing allows bettors to place wages on prior horse races with no identifiable information.

"We're still pushing forward in the direction that we are, and as a result, I've lost confidence in the commission," Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis said Monday during a Senate State Affairs Committee...