Casino Bill’s Odds Are Slim, Key Texas Lawmaker Says

AUSTIN (April 17, 2013)—State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, a key advocate for approving casino gambling in Texas, says the odds are slim for passage of his bill that would send the issue to voters.

Carona decided against having The Business and Commerce Committee to vote on the bill, which would allow voters to decide on a constitutional amendment to allow casinos.

Carona said Tuesday his colleagues told him they didn't want vote on a controversial bill with little chance of success.

He said the best chance for gambling might be if a special session is called for lawmakers to pass more school funding in the wake of a statewide lawsuit.

Gambling supporters say casinos would create jobs and keep gambling revenue from leaving the state, but conservative and religious groups oppose the bill.

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