Earlier this month the Idaho Supreme Court sided with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in a lawsuit contending that Idaho Governor Butch Otter failed to deliver a veto to the Senate in time to keep instant horse racing machines legal in the state. Now the state Attorney General’s office is claiming that the tribe missed their opportunity to collect legal fees in their fight to keep the slot-like devices from operating at Idaho’s race tracks and off track betting satellites. The tribe says the state is misconstruing the rules, according to local media reports.
The Idaho constitution allows a law to go into effect five days after it is delivered to the governor, with or without his signature. Otter claims to have delivered his veto of a law outlawing historic, or instant racing machines over the weekend, but the Senate didn’t acknowledge receipt until after the five day window, effectively allowing the bill to become law.
According to the AG’s office, attorneys for the tribe had 14 days in which to file claim and collect nearly $95,000 in legal fees from their victory in the case. The court will decide the case in response to a petition by the tribe.