Texas Senator Pre-Files To Legalize Casinos & Sports Betting
The Houston Democratic Senator Carol Alvarado has just submitted a pre-filed constitutional amendment that will agrees the topic of legalized casino gaming and sports betting. The Senate Joint Resolution 17 (SJR17) will be heard during the next year’s session and if it passes it will put it in the hands of the electorate to vote on adding casinos and sportsbooks to Texas. There is only one tribal casino in Texas, the Kickapoo Lucky Eagle, so it is less likely that it will face the tribal backlash that California saw. A statement taken from the resolution says, “Proposing a constitutional amendment to foster economic development and job growth and to provide tax relief and fund for education and public safety by creating the Texas Gaming Commission, authorizing and regulating casino gaming at a limited number of destination resorts and facilities licensed by the commission…” It also outlines that a Dallas casino would need $2 billion while Houston would need $1 billion.