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Gambling legislation in Texas

Proposals that would legalize casino gambling and slot machines at race tracks are pending at the Texas Capitol. Some of the bills and proposed state constitutional amendments are:

SJR31, a proposed constitutional amendment for voters to decide whether to allow resort casinos, casinos on American Indian lands and slot machines at horse and dog race tracks. (House version is HJR70)

SB1084, legislation establishing resort casinos, casinos on American Indian lands and slot machines at existing horse and dog race tracks. (House version is HB1724)

HJR107, a proposed constitutional amendment for voters to decide whether to allow casinos on barrier islands like Galveston, in cities of 675,000 or more people, on American Indian lands and at existing race tracks. If voters approve, the governor would call the Legislature back by June 2010 to work out the details.

HB1308, legislation giving American Indian tribes in El Paso and Livingston a defense to prosecution if they operate casinos on their reservations.

HB4062, a bill allowing video slot machines at race tracks and casino gambling at Indian reservations.

HB222, a bill authorizing and regulating poker and declaring it a game of skill.

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