AUSTIN (April 8, 2013)--A proposed referendum that would allow casino gambling in Texas got a boost Monday as several interest groups united behind the measure.
State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, said on Monday that big casinos, race tracks and Native American groups agreed to support his constitutional amendment.
If approved by voters, it would allow 21 casinos distributed across the state and create a gaming commission.
In the past, casino operators, horse and dog racers and the state's federally-recognized tribes couldn't agree on expanding Texas gambling, but Carona said the groups have all agreed in principle on his measure.
Religious groups and some liberals oppose gambling as harmful to the community, but supporters say Texans are spending more than $3 billion in neighboring states and they want that money to create jobs in Texas.