Lawmakers push casino legislation

February 24, 2009 3:54:09 PM PST
A group of lawmakers is trying again to establish destination casinos in Texas, and they say now is the time to do it because the state needs the money. Sens. Rodney Ellis, a Houston Democrat, and John Carona, a Dallas Republican, say Texans are gambling -- they're just going out of state to casinos. They said Tuesday that Texas should get a take of that action and that $1 billion per year from the gambling tax money would go toward college scholarships. They also want $1 billion for road construction.

The proposal calls for up to 12 destination resort casinos statewide. It would allow video slot machines at racetracks and wagering on Indian reservations.

Reps. Jim Pitts, a Waxahachie Republican, and Jose Menendez, a San Antonio Democrat, also are behind the bill.

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