Scott’s bill to protect sled dog racing moves forward in Boise with unanimous support

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  • (Photo courtesy INLAND EMPIRE SLED DOG ASSOCIATION) Sled dog races have been held annually at snowy, groomed Priest Lake for years.

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    (Photo courtesy INLAND EMPIRE DOG SLEDDING ASSOCIATION) Volunteers, sportsmen, and dogs enjoyed a weekend of sled dog races at Priest Lake Feb. 4-5.

  • (Photo courtesy INLAND EMPIRE SLED DOG ASSOCIATION) Sled dog races have been held annually at snowy, groomed Priest Lake for years.

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    (Photo courtesy INLAND EMPIRE DOG SLEDDING ASSOCIATION) Volunteers, sportsmen, and dogs enjoyed a weekend of sled dog races at Priest Lake Feb. 4-5.

BOISE — Rep. Heather Scott’s bill to clarify language in the state’s current law prohibiting dog racing, in order to protect the rights of sled dog racers to enjoy the pastime without fear of legal repercussion, was combined with another dog-related bill and approved unanimously by the Senate here 34-0 March 8.

The bill by Scott earned approval by the House 68-0 on Feb. 22. It will go back to the House for its final approval as a single piece of legislation together with Rep. Clark Kauffman’s bill exempting small dog, exhibition dog races held at county fairs from the state ban on dog racing.

The 1996 ban was intended to outlaw high-stakes greyhound racing in the Gem State, but last year a Treasure Valley radio station cancelled a planned “wiener dog” exhibition race for fears that it would incur legal penalties under the state ban.

The combined, amended bill awaits the House’s second approval, and after that will go to Gov. Butch Otter for his signature.

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