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More casinos in Texas - the gambling bill a no-go

In the early hours of this morning, the Texas gambling bill, which would have allowed more Indian casinos, was voted off by the legislature.

More casinos in Texas - the gambling bill a no-goIn a rare tie, 66-66, the Texas House did not pass the bill during its last day of legislative session. A tie vote is a failure in the legislature.

Under this gambling bill, the Alabama-Coushatta tribe would have the right to open a casino on their land, and the Tigua tribe would have been allowed to re-open their casino, which was shut down by the Texas Attorney General in 2002, under a new then law banning casinos throughout the state. The casino, called Speaking Rock, used to generate over $60 million per year in revenue, before its closure.

During the session, some legislators labeled the tribes as gambling addicts and said they should find other ways to raise money.

Representatives for the Indian tribes admitted they were surprised by the tie vote on the gambling bill, but assured everyone that they will continue their fight to be given the right to operate casinos in the state of Texas.


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