"The members don't have any information on this stuff," Coleman says.
The issue arose a couple of weeks ago when Rep. Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, sent a letter to the leaders of groups on the right and left of the House, asking if they'd be interested in pulling together a committee on gambling. House Speaker Joe Straus — whose family has business interests in horse racing — has basically recused himself from the subject. Dunnam thought that, with talk of an $18 billion budget hole resurrecting conversations about expansion and taxation of gambling, it was time for some hearings.
The two conservative groups he approached — led by Reps. Larry Taylor, R-Galveston, and Wayne Christian, R-Center — decided not to take part. That was that until Coleman jumped back in. He hasn't set a date, but says he wants to present "information without a point of view."
"If we're going to make a decision, it shouldn't just be somebody walking in the office and saying the money would mean help."