Horse owners are familiar with a Coggins test—that piece of paper required for entry into most horse shows and sales and/or for interstate horse transport. But many overlook the fact that this piece of paper, which serves as proof that the horses has tested negative for equine infectious anemia (EIA), is essential to protecting the health of the national equine population. A number of recent EIA positives in racing Quarter Horse populations in California and Texas has increased the need for awareness about this potentially fatal blood borne disease of horses, donkeys, and mules. Continue reading
After being authorized only two years ago, Historical Horse Racing is in serious jeopardy with a repeal bill introduced by the Coeur d’alene Indian Tribe. Legislation repealing Historical Horse Racing Machines (Like the one’s located at Les’ Bois Park in Boise & Double Down Sports Bar and Grill in Idaho Falls) is gaining support in the Idaho Legislature, but we cannot afford to lose this new revenue source!! Below is the Idaho Tax Revenue for Boise’s location only and does not even include the new Idaho Falls facility. 2014 Idaho Tax Revenue For Les’Bois Park: $901,920 Total Taxes Paid $223, 401 to Idaho Schools $372,728 to the Idaho State Racing Commission $121,710 to the Idaho Horse Breeders Association $119,455 to Smal Rural Horse Tracks $38, 791 to the Idaho Horse council Youth Programs $21,323 to the Equine Fund Idaho Counties received $4,512 2014 Job Impact from Treasure Valley Racing $2,127,876 Total Payroll 271 Job Provided $180,330 Total Payroll Taxes In the short 52 days Double Down has been in operation they have generated Revenue of almost $30,000 payable to the State! Imagine the impact after six years, or six decades. We may never see the true impact! This affects everyone…. Idaho schools & teachers, equine industry, agricultural industry and the whole Idaho State economy through jobs and taxes. Despite the accusations by some…this technology is the same technology that was passed 2 years ago. 40 of the “EXACT” same terminals that were seen in the original hearing and tested by the Idaho Attorney General are currently located in Double Down, the other terminals are simply updated versions. The equivalent of the iphone 5 vs the iphone 6! Please sign this petition and ask your State Senator & The House State of Affairs committee to stop this ridiculous repeal in it’s tracks. If this repeal passes, the senators are killing jobs, hurting families, killing an industry, gutting kids programs and a whole lot more. Idaho wins with Historical Racing!
Historical Horse Racing Terminals vs Tribal Gaming Machines in respects to The Constitution of The State Of Idaho.
On Wednesday, February 11, 2015 the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee voted in favor of sending S-1011, The Bill to Repeal the 2013 Historical Horse Racing Bill, to the floor to be voted on for repeal. Initially those of us opposing S-1011 was told we had to prove it was pari-mutuel. Expert testimony was provided on behalf of the pari-mutuel nature of the Historical Horse Racing Terminals. Following the presentation of testimony there should have been no doubt as to the validity of Historical Horse Racing Terminals (HHRT’s) being pari-mutuel by nature. The decision of the State Affairs Committee to send the bill to the Senate Floor was based off the feeling that (HHRT’s) were in violation of the Constitution Of The State Of Idaho Article III Section 20 Paragraph (2). Senator Werk made comment to the affect that he could not get over the feeling that they were an electronic simulation of a slot machine.
That then leads to the point of what is or is not an electronic simulation of a slot machine?
Why would Tribal Gaming Machines be explicitly stated in Title 67 Chapter 429B Paragraph(2) Notwithstanding any other provision of Idaho law, a tribal video gaming machine as described in subsection (1) above is not a slot machine or an electronic or electromechanical imitation or simulation of any form of casino gambling.
To answer we need to look into the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988. 25 US Code 2703 – Definitions Paragraph (7) Section (B) The term “class II gaming” does not include—(i) any banking card games, including baccarat, chemin de fer, or blackjack (21), or(ii) electronic or electromechanical facsimiles of any game of chance or slot machines of any kind.
25 US Code 2710 – Tribal Gaming Ordinances Section (b) Regulation of class II gaming activity; net revenue allocation; audits; contracts
(1) An Indian tribe may engage in, or license and regulate, class II gaming on Indian lands within such tribe’s jurisdiction, if—
(A) such Indian gaming is located within a State that permits such gaming for any purpose by any person, organization or entity (and such gaming is not otherwise specifically prohibited on Indian lands by Federal law), and
(B) the governing body of the Indian tribe adopts an ordinance or resolution which is approved by the Chairman.
A separate license issued by the Indian tribe shall be required for each place, facility, or location on Indian lands at which class II gaming is conducted.
Since Tribal Gaming Machines have been defined by Idaho Code 67-429B to not be electronic simulation of a slot machine or of casino gaming, that then leads us to the fact that maybe we need to define what a simulation of a slot machine or casino gaming is. Since we know that in the eyes of a non-gaming expert, it could easily be mistaken that it is in fact a simulation of a slot machine or of casino gaming, is it not also likely that to the non-gaming expert eyes that a Historical Horse Racing Terminal also could be mistaken for a simulation of a slot machine or casino gaming?
What then would be a simulation?
In a letter dated December 21, 2004 from Penny J. Coleman to Mr. Kent R. Hagg she was responding to a classification opinion on DigiDeal Digital Card System, Trips or Better Poker. She was evaluating an electronic poker game in which a human dealer pushed electronic buttons to simulate the shuffling of cards and dealt players an electronic hand of cards which appeared on an electronic screen in front of said player. In reviewing this letter it appears that in order for a game to be deemed an electronic simulation it must be a facsimile of a game, the following is taken from Ms. Coleman’s letter
“By way of analogy, Sycuan Band of Mission Indians a. Roache, 54 F.3d 535, 542-543 (91h Cir. 1994) reviewed a wholly-electronic pull tab game, one in which the player bought and played pull tabs generated by computer and displayed on a video screen. The Ninth Circuit concluded that hs was an exact, self-contained copy of paper pull tabs and thus an electronic facsimile. Accmd, Cabam Band ofMission Indians 9. National Indian Gamiw~ Cmmissiim, 304 F.3d. 633,636 (D.C. Cir. 1994). Pull tab machines, however, that merely dispense, and display the results of, paper pull tabs are of a different sort.”
Therefore that leads to one of the following conclusion:
1) Both Tribal Gaming Machines and Historical Horse Racing Terminals are NOT electronic or electromechanical imitation or simulation of any form of gambling, hence neither would be in violation of The Constitution Of The State Of Idaho and we should absolutely vote no to S-1011 to repeal the 2013 Historical Horse Racing Legislation and consider adding an amendment to the Idaho State Statutes declaring Historical Horse Racing Terminals are not an electronic or electromechanical imitation or simulation of any form of casino gambling OR
2) Both Tribal Gaming Machines and Historical Horse Racing Terminal ARE electronic or electromechanical imitation or simulation of a form of gambling and are both in violation of The Constitution Of The State Of Idaho and we need to present a bill to repeal Title 67 Chapter 429B, which would then put Tribal Gaming Machines in violation not only of the Constitution Of The State Of Idaho but also in violation of The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 by operating gaming in a state in which that form of gaming is not legal.
If you would like to see the credentials of Penny J. Coleman it can be found at http://andersonindianlaw.com/attorney_penny.cfm
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FEB. 9th 2015
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With the Passage of SCR101 the Idaho Legislature will honor
Native son, Gary Stevens for bringing great pride to his native
state. Please join us to further celebrate this great Idahoan!
Look at the impact in 1 Year
TREASURE VALLEY RACING – LES BOIS PARK
2014 Idaho Tax Revenue
$901,920 Total Taxes Paid
$223,401 to Idaho Schools
$372,728 to the Idaho State Racing Commission
$121,710 to the Idaho Horse Breeders Association
$119,455 to Small Rural Horse Tracks
$38,791 to the Idaho Horse Council Youth Programs
$21,323 to the Equine Fund
Idaho Counties received $4,512
2014 Purses increased $899,778, an increase of 63% over 2013
WE NEED YOU TO CALL & EMAIL
SENATE STATE AFFAIRS NOW!!!
Chair, Senator Curt McKenzie 332-1407
Vice Chair, Senator Patti Anne Lodge 332-1320
Senator Bart Davis 332-1305
Pro Tem, Senator Brent Hill 332-1300
Senator Chuck Winder 332-1308
Senator Jeff C. Siddoway 332-1342
Senator Todd M. Lakey 332-1328
After being authorized only two years ago, Historical Horse Racing is in serious jeopardy. Legislation repealing Historical Horse Racing Machines (like the one shown here at Les Bois Park) in Idaho is gaining support in the Idaho Legislature, but we cannot afford to lose this new revenue source.
In its first six months, Historical Horse Racing has increased purses, lead to improvement in facilities, and provided more than $63,000.00 in funding to Idaho’s small track fund and breeding programs, and more than $156,000.00 has gone to Idaho schools and racing commission. Imagine the impact after six years, or six decades. We may never see the true impact.
CALL or EMAIL Members of the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee (listed above), and ask them to SAVE HISTORICAL HORSE RACING. Useful facts and figures can be found in the reports and facts attached to this email.
2010 Equine Status Report, University of Idaho
- Idaho has an estimated 210,000 equine, including riding horses, draft horses, ponies, miniature horses, donkey, mules, wild horses and other equine.
- Equine owners paid over $48 million in salaries to full and part time workers for the care and training of their equine.
- Equine owners had a total of $1.6 billion in assets related to their equine, including the value of the equine, barns, and equipment.
- Over 4 million acres in Idaho are devoted to the use and care of equine.
- The state horse of Idaho, the Appaloosa, is derived from horses bred by the Nez Perce tribe in North Idaho and Eastern Washington. The breed was revitalized in the 1930s and the Appaloosa Horse Club has registered over 635,000 horses
Directors and Vistors,
Idaho Council Meeting will be 1/31/2015 at the Turf Club in Les Bois Park at 5610 Glenwood St, Garden City, Idaho.
Visitors are welcome .
Meeting starts at 10:00.
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Congress Passes Tax Extender Bill for 2014
The Senate followed the House of Representatives and passed the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R. 5771). The President is expected to sign the bill shortly, possibly this week before the lame-duck session of the 113th Congress ends.
The bill would extend for 2014 several tax provisions favorable to horse owners, breeders, and equine businesses that expired or were reduced at the end of 2013, including three-year depreciation for all race horses. The bill extends these provisions retroactively for eligible equine assets, including horses, purchased and/or placed in service at any time in 2014. The extensions are effective only through December 31, 2014. On January 1, 2015 they again expire or revert to prior levels. Continue reading