Texans Could Vote on Expanding Gambling

By CHRIS TOMLINSON
|  Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011  |  Updated 11:56 AM CDT
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The Texas Gaming Association says expanding gambling could bring in $1.2 billion a year in gaming taxes alone.

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Texans could get to vote on a constitutional amendment to expand gambling.

The House Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee will hear 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. The organization also released a poll it said found that 86 percent of Texans believe there should be a vote on gambling.

The state faces a $23 billion budget shortfall over the next two years. Opponents warn that gambling could bring more trouble than it's worth.

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