November 12, 2014
A new bill has been introduced to Texas state legislature. The bill HJR 47 would create a state gaming commission that would oversee the development of future casinos. The proposed bill would also only allow for casinos to be built at established race tracks and in areas with a population over 675,000.
State Rep carol Alvarado is sponsoring the measure.
Possible casino locations would be in Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Houston, and El Paso.
If approved, the proposed bill will also protect Native America tribes. The tribes have opposed expanding gaming in the pass due to concerns of it causing a decline in business at Eagle Pass Casino. This is currently the only casino in the state.
Groups that are in support of the measure believe that it would help the struggling horse racing industry. They also believe that opening casinos in Texas would stop gamblers from spending their money in other states. Money earned from the casinos would go to fund projects in Texas.
Religious conservative groups oppose the bill. Stating that expanded gaming is not what the people want. Similar gaming bills have been presented before, and have been rejected.
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