Lawmakers in the Texas House agree the future of the Texas Lottery Commission is worth debating. But House members ultimately decided that House Bill 2197 — the bill to continue the commission's operations — wasn't the right peg for ending the lottery, not with a $2.2 billion cut to public schools at stake. After an unexpected debate that spanned two days, House members passed the bill with a key provision that could ultimately lead to the end of the lottery. The measure now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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