Push for Texas casino gambling gaining traction

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Updated: 4/12/2013 10:53 am
Gamblers rejoice! The Texas Senate is making a push to legalize casino style gambling by calling for a constitutional amendment which would mean turning the decision over to the citizens. Charlotte Payne and Scott Etter live in Lubbock.

"I think we should have the opportunity to be able to vote," Payne said.

"I think it's a good idea. I think it's our constitutional right to decide what we want to do. I think we should put it to the voters," Etter said.

Carl Tepper of the Lubbock County Republican Party said that's not how our government works.

"Farnkly, in this day and age and with the Internet, we can vote on every issue, but we don't," Tepper said. "We elect our elected officials on a basic set of principles so that they go and vote for us."

If the constitutional amendment did pass, there are those who could benefit greatly. For instance, horse racing. Charles Dunn, who owns a race horse, said Texas is missing out on big business and economic opportunity.

"Those of us in the horse racing industry have been trying to tell the Texas Legislature that they've got an industry that employs a hundred thousand people a year in the horse business that's dying because the competition in the states surrounding us is supplemented by slot machine dollars."

Tepper said out-of-staters are spending plenty of money in Texas, supplementing what the state may lose to out of state gambling.

"People are coming here from California, the east coast, the west coast because we're Texas and we're not like everyone else, we have values here," Tepper said. "We have a different set of values than everyone else. Those jobs have created jobs, those values have created a very energetic economic climate and we need to stick with what we know and that's doing these things without gambling."

The Senate joint resolution would need two-thirds vote in the legislature before it could be passed on to a state-wide vote.
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Liberty Seeker - 4/12/2013 4:59 AM
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While the government is considering letting the people have the freedom to vote on issues, how about if the city gives the people the freedom to vote on the issue of outlawing municipal fees and/or taxes on utility bills. How about allowing the people to vote on the amendment to the city charter mandating municipal employees and property to obey each and every law and regulation they impose upon us? As if the government officials or employees could ever be able to lead by example, to maintain the illusion of a democratically elected representative republic. They are still unable and/or unwilling to obey the only criminal law embedded within the charter. Another law would still be broken with immunity by corrupt officials, and corrupt co-workers who protect them. I support legal casinos, as long as none can be opened up inside city limits of any municipality, large or small.
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