|The question of who said what is at the heart of confusion over Instant Racing in Washington state. Instant Racing Machines would allow players to bet on video replays of thousands of recordings of actual horse races run 10 to 15 years ago. |
At the August 13 joint meeting of the Senate and House commerce and labor committees, questions involving the Washington Horse Racing Commission and a proposed new form of gambling - Instant Racing machines – were asked. Senator Marilyn Rasmussen asked if the racing commission decided to pursue instant racing, but Chairman Patrick LePley’s answer : 'We’ve never passed a resolution saying we want electronic gaming or we want instant racing,' contradicted the commission’s March 27 meeting minutes that show LePley raised the issue of bringing instant racing machines to the state. LePley said Friday that the March minutes didn’t accurately reflect what happened at the meeting, because all the resolution did was declare that the commission would investigate the new games. 'I think we told them honestly what's going on,' he said.
Obfuscation? It’s not exactly in the Bill Clinton school of semantics, but the jury remains out as to whether Instant Racing will come to Washington.
The legality of Instant racing machines in Washington remains to be proved or disproved, but to expand gambling to such a degree would require a 60 percent vote of the House and Senate.