Tribpedia: Racing Commission

The Texas Racing Commission regulates pari-mutuel horse and greyhound racing and ensures that races are conducted fairly and safely.

Legislators created the commission in 1986. It is comprised of nine members, seven of whom are appointed by the governor and subject to Senate confirmation. The governor also chooses the commission chairman. The chairman of the Public Safety Commission and the ...

Defying Pressure, Regulators Uphold Historical Racing

In a victory for racetracks and a rebuff to state lawmakers, the Texas Racing Commission on Tuesday declined to outlaw historical racing in the state. The commission, which oversees dog and horse racing in Texas, voted 4-3-1 not to repeal historical racing, admitting that their action could jeopardize the agency’s funding after this month.

State Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discussed the Senate's base budget plan at a Jan. 27, 2015, news conference.
State Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson R-Flower Mound, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick discussed the Senate's base budget plan at a Jan. 27, 2015, news conference.

Racing Commission Still at Risk of Being Cut Off

Hell hath no fury like a Senate scorned, the head of the Texas Racing Commission found Wednesday when he tried to make peace with the Senate Finance Committee. The commission ignored lawmakers on a key racing vote, and its budget remains zeroed out. 

State Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, explains HB627 to the Select Committee on Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility on March 13, 2013.
State Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, explains HB627 to the Select Committee on Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility on March 13, 2013.

Commissioners OK Betting on Historical Horse Races

UPDATED: The Texas Racing Commission is moving forward with a plan to install machines that simulate historical horseraces at racetracks despite opposition from a Fort Worth lawmaker.

Groups Bank on United Front in Gambling Push

Despite strong resistance inside and outside the Legislature, groups representing various gambling interests hope that a collaborative approach can help them make a breakthrough this legislative session. Those interests haven't always been on the same page when it came to legislation.