In an effort to prop up the horse racing industry in Texas, state Rep. Charlie Geren has filed the second of what is likely to be multiple legal sports betting proposals in Texas.
Sen. Carol Alvarado in November prefiled SJR 17. Both pieces of legislation are constitutional amendments, which would require approval by a two-thirds majority of lawmakers in each chamber before getting on the ballot for all Texas voters.
Should Geren’s HJR 97 pass the legislature, it would appear on the Nov. 7 ballot with the following language:
“The constitutional amendment to foster economic development and job growth, provide tax relief and funding for educational programs, and reform and support the horse racing industry by authorizing casino gaming at destination resorts, authorizing sports betting, creating the Texas Gaming Commission to regulate casino gaming and sports wagering, requiring a license to conduct casino gaming, and requiring the imposition of a gaming tax, sports wagering tax, and license application fees.”