PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

April 17, 2013

Key senator: Texas casino bill’s odds ’very slim’


The Associated Press

AUSTIN — A key advocate for approving casino gambling in Texas calls the chances of his bill passing “very slim.”

The Austin American-Statesman reports (http://bit.ly/11gS5NH ) that Texas Sen. John Carona, a Dallas Republican, decided not to have the business and commerce committee vote on his bill.

The bill would allow voters to decide on a constitutional amendment to allow casinos.

Carona said Tuesday his colleagues told him they didn’t want vote on a controversial bill with little chance of success. He says the best chance for gambling might be if a special session is called for lawmakers to pass more school funding in the wake of a statewide lawsuit.

Gambling supporters say casinos would create jobs and keep gambling revenue from leaving the state. Conservative and religious groups have opposed the bill.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com