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Texas Gaming Getting Closer to Passing

Texas gaming voting has a chance of passing.
April 11, 2013

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According to an article published this week on, the chief architect of legislation to expand gambling in Texas said Monday that proponents are "inching closer" to winning approval of a proposed constitutional amendment that would send the issue to the voters after years of debate.

But Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, chairman of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee, acknowledged it remains uncertain whether they can get the job done before the current legislative session ends next month.

"I would tell you we're very, very close," Carona said. "And I would suggest that with a little push at the appropriate time from the various leaders we have throughout the Legislature, this bill can in fact become law."

"I can't tell you whether or not it'll be this session or not," he added, "but I can tell you with certainty ... we are inching closer and closer to that day."

Carona, flanked by other proponents at a capitol press conference, announced there will be a hearing Wednesday on a proposed constitutional amendment that could pave the way for Las Vegas-type destination casinos in three urban counties, including Tarrant, as well as similar casinos at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie and the state's two other Class One Race tracks.

It also would permit slot machines at other approved horse and dog race tracks.

The hearing will constitute the session's first showdown between those battling to bring expanded gambling to Texas and those working to stop it. Texas has racetracks and a statewide lottery but efforts to allow casinos in the Lone Star Sate have foundered in previous sessions.

Proponents say rank-and-file Texans should be empowered to decide whether or not to expand gambling. The strategy also pre-empts the state's best-known opponent of expanded gambling - Gov. Rick Perry - because the governor cannot veto amendments that are passed by the Legislature and sent to the voters to decide.

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Texas horsemen and women are urged to contact their senator as soon as possible to ask for his/her support of this bill. Please emphasize that this measure will generate funds vital to the horse racing and breeding industry. To identify your senator, visit this page at the state of Texas' website.

Read more about Texas and the work being done by Texas HORSE in the April issue of the Q-Racing Journal.