Supporters: Gaming Would Generate Needed Revenue

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Allowing gambling in Texas could boost the economy, create thousands of jobs and help lawmakers close the state's looming budget gap, gambling advocates told lawmakers in a House committee meeting today.

Lawmakers considered a slew of gambling bills, including ones that dealt specifically with gaming at Indian reservations and race tracks and ones that would allow full-blown casino resorts.

A bill by state Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston, would send the gambling question to voters, allowing them to decide in a constitutional amendment election whether gambling ought to be expanded.

Alvarado said gaming could be one piece of a solution ...

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