Texans Could Get To Vote On Expanding Gambling

AUSTIN (AP) – Texans could get to vote on a constitutional amendment to expand gambling.

The House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee is hearing testimony on a number of measures to allow casinos and slot machines. The Texas Gaming Association is backing a measure that would license eight casinos and slot machines at eight racetracks. Other measures would allow gambling on Indian reservations or slot machines at bingo halls.

The Texas Gaming Association says its proposal could bring in $1.2 billion a year in gaming taxes alone. But opponents warn that gambling could bring more trouble than it’s worth.

Tilman Fertitta, who runs Landry’s Inc. says he could have a casino up and running in Galveston in a matter of weeks, if the bill passes.

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  • VFW American

    Well it is about time these Texans wake up and reap the benifits that Oklahoma and Louisiana has had from our money.
    This state is so far right it is a wonder that anything gets done that is positive for its peolpe.

    • cue10000

      Its about time.

    • Kyle

      Think about your comment for a second. Texas is in fact right and yet you think that’s a problem despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Compare how Texas is fairing with states on the left, say California and Michigan and the rest of the Rust Belt. Hmmm? Yeah what Texas needs is some libruls!! Or we could just ask them to not move here so they don’t ruin our great state like they have their own with liberal policies.

  • Coretta

    That will be nice. Now Texans will not have to drive across the border.

  • oldman

    hard to get a comment from the ones who are against gambling-they are probably in Oklahoma or Louisana at the casinos-time for a vote against the naysayers.

    • ronnie

      thats perfect i like it you hit the nail on the head

  • AC

    There’s no reason NOT to allow gambling. It’s up to every individual what they want to spend THEIR money on. I’m not a gambler, but many people genuinely enjoy gambling. There’s a level of personal responsibility that comes along with it, just like alcohol. Quit treating people like children, we don’t need the government to babysit and tell us what we should and shouldn’t do.

    Fully support gambling in TX. We could use the extra tax money.

  • csue6322

    It’s about time. Gambling is a personal option, and the State should not tell us how to spend our money. The extra tax money could be going to our education fund, that way our children will be able to get a good education.

    The “opponants” are a joke. All they are, are the Bible Thumpers. Don’t get me wrong, I am a Christian, but I think that the bible was meant for ancient times.

    I fully support gambling in Texas and also the local Eight-liners. This brings revenue to our county.


    • Hannah

      Just because people go to Oklahoma and Louisiana … just because Texas law allows you to buy lottery tickets in the grocery store, doesn’t make it right. Texas has not been and is not now being managed honorably by its state nor local government nor by its businesses. Gambling is the easy way to make money for the state. Does Texas have to follow other states. I grew up, albiet a lont time ago, under leadership when Texas was the leader. Texans used to be proud to make money the hard working way.

  • Rick McDaniel

    The state is finally recognizing the revenue stream that can be realized from gambling.

    Funny how dollars will convince them it is ok, to allow the public to gamble away their livelihoods.

  • J Pizzal

    Dallas blew up reunion arena of course so expect Arlington to put one up right next to Jerry world, thanks Laura Miller!!

  • j creasy

    thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!

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