Texas House Approves Two Casino & Online Sports Betting Bills
On May 12, the Texas House approved two bills that would legalize resort casinos and online sports betting in the state. Bill HJR 155, which would allow for eight resort casinos and retail sports betting at casino locations, was approved 92-51, falling short of the two-thirds required for constitutional amendments. Bill HJR 102, which would legalize online sports betting in Texas, was approved by a vote of 97-42. Both bills still need to pass the Senate and gain support from Texas voters in November. The Senate has yet to hold a hearing on either initiative, and time is running out as the last day of the Texas Legislative session is May 29. The casino proposal has faced some contention in the House, particularly around the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas, which currently operates the only legal casino in the state, and potential Chinese interests in casino operators.
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