Texas Legislators Consider Casinos Next January - Thursday 4th of May 2006

TEXAS – As reported by the Midland-Reporter Telegram: "Ushering in casino gambling to help finance public schools will not be considered during the Texas Legislature's current special session on education reform, but it will be debated when lawmakers convene for their regular biennial session next January, legislators say.

"With the city of Stanton in particular wanting a casino or greyhound racing track, the issue remains in play in the Permian Basin with the horse racing track and casino in nearby Hobbs, N.M., attracting a multitude of area citizens.

"A Stanton city official and the Austin lobbyist promoting Stanton's interests say legislators will be asked simply to put a proposed 'local option' constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot and let cities decide if they want casinos.

"…Lobbyist Robert Cox, a Stanton native, said a bill like the one Democratic Sen. Rodney Ellis of Houston introduced last year can be expected at the session's outset. Ellis proposed allowing the creation of up to 24 Las Vegas-style casinos including two in West Texas, five each in Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, two in San Antonio and two on American Indian reservations…"

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