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FIRST GAMBLING BILL PASSED BY TEXAS LEGISLATURE


Well it looks like we were right, first Gambling Bill passed by the Texas Legislature
 

HB254 was just sent to Gov. Perry’s desk.  This bill was authored by Rep. Harvey Hilderbran(R – Kerrville ).  He has tried to make his bill look very innocent:  Who could possibly object torace track derbies?  However, it is only one tiny babystep to introduce and pass legislation that would allow slots at race tracks which would turn the race track derbies into “racinos.”

Slot Machine Joe Has Got To Go

Be sure and read Kudos to GOP Senators: They Smell Gambling on the Horizon 

By this time, many Texans know that Speaker of the House Joe Straus and his family have made a fortune from their gambling interests. He and/or his family own Retama Park in Selma (near San Antonio), Laredo Downs, Valle de los Tesoros Park inMcAllen, and Austin Jockey Club.

It is also common knowledge that land has already been bought in Austin along FM 1625 at Texas Highway 45 and Old Lockhart Road to set up a racetrack called Longhorn Downs; Retama Entertainment Group (Straus’ family) is to manage it.

Straus and his family want to turn their race tracks into major slot machine casinos called “racinos” which could potentially make tens of millions of dollars. The only impediment is Texas lawmakers who have yet to approve slot machines (VLT’s).


The official record vote in the journal is not available yet, but this is the link to which we will need to go in the next couple of days to see how the Senate voted on this bill:   http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Actions.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=HB254

 

Meanwhile, we know how the House voted on it for its Third Reading :

 

http://www.journals.house.state.tx.us/hjrnl/82r/pdf/82RDAY76FINAL.PDF#page=29

 May 13, 2011:

 

HB 254 ON THIRD READING

(by Hilderbran and R. Anderson)

 HB 254, A bill to be entitled An Act relating to establishing the Texas Derbies.

HBi254 was passed by (Record 1064): 101 Yeas, 34 Nays, 2 Present, not

voting.

Yeas — Aliseda; Allen; Alonzo; Alvarado; Anchia; Anderson, C.;

Anderson, R.; Aycock; Bohac; Branch; Burkett; Cain; Callegari; Castro;

Coleman; Crownover; Darby; Davis, J.; Davis, S.; Deshotel; Driver; Dukes;

Dutton; Eiland; Eissler; Elkins; Farias; Farrar; Fletcher; Gallego; Garza;

Gonzales, L.; Gonzales, V.; Gonzalez; Guillen; Hamilton ; Hardcastle; Harless;

Harper-Brown; Hernandez Luna; Hilderbran; Hochberg; Hopson; Howard, C.;

Howard, D.; Hunter; Isaac; Jackson; Johnson; King, P.; King, T.; Kleinschmidt;

Kolkhorst; Kuempel; Larson; Legler; Lewis; Lucio; Lyne; Madden; Mallory

Caraway; Margo; Martinez ; Martinez Fischer; McClendon; Menendez; Miles;

Miller, D.; Miller, S.; Morrison; Mun˜oz; Murphy; Naishtat; Nash; Oliveira; Orr;

Pen˜ a; Pitts; Price; Quintanilla; Raymond; Riddle; Ritter; Rodriguez; Scott;

Sheets; Sheffield ; Smith, W.; Smithee; Strama; Taylor, L.; Taylor, V.; Thompson;

Torres; Truitt; Villarreal; Vo; Walle; White; Woolley; Zerwas.

Nays — Beck; Berman; Brown; Button; Carter; Chisum; Christian; Cook;

Craddick; Creighton; Flynn; Frullo; Gooden; Hancock; Hartnett; Huberty;

Hughes; Keffer; Landtroop; Laubenberg; Lavender; Parker; Patrick; Paxton;

Perry; Phillips; Schwertner; Shelton ; Simpson; Smith, T.; Solomons; Weber;

Workman; Zedler.

 Present, not voting—Mr. Speaker; Bonnen(C).

Absent, Excused — Geren; Giddings; Gutierrez; King, S.; Lozano; Marquez; Veasey.

Absent, Excused, Committee Meeting—Otto; Turner.


Absent—Burnam; Davis , Y.; Pickett; Reynolds.

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  1. Carol Doucet Says:

    Even though this is a big disappointment, I’d like to thank my rep…..Representative Cook for voting No! Good job! I have to say I was surprised by your vote, but I am very proud that you voted no.

    Carol in Navarro County

  2. Sid miller Says:

    This bill had nothing to do with expanding gambling, you should actually. Read the bill

  3. Alice Linahan Says:

    Representative Miller,

    The question is why did you vote for it?

    I believe as many do that this is a strategy to get your foot in the door to bring “racinos” into Texas.
    My problem is not necessarily gambling, it is when it’s brought into Texas through back room deals in the Capital.

    If you would take the time to actually listen to what your constituents say you would understand that you are not trusted especially when you voted for Straus as Speaker of the House against the wishes of those who put you in office.
    I hope you will reconsider signing a pledge card for him at the end of this legislative session.
    Here is what true Texas Conservatives think.
    Texas House Representatives Are On The Take…….
    http://voicestoaction.com/2011/05/25/texas-house-representatives-are-on-the-take

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