No Doubling Down in Texas, Yet

It looks like Texans will continue to send gambling dollars to Louisiana and Oklahoma instead of keeping them at home.

The state bill to legalize resort-style casinos, racetrack video slot machines and Indian reservation gambling failed to get House support this week and was not included on the agenda. A bill to legalize poker rooms is also unlikely to move forward.

The House's final day to pass House bills and proposed constitutional amendments is on initial votes is on Thursday.

Lobbyists and legislators often say no proposal is dead until the final moments of the session, because lawmakers find ways to resurrect measures or attach them to other bills. And there's still time for the Senate to pass such a gambling proposal.

But expanded gambling in Texas faces an uphill climb, and prospects are dim for its passage. Gov. Rick Perry was expected to veto any gambling bill even if it passed the state legislature.

The legislative session ends June 1.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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