Racing Commission Seeks Input on Controversial Technology

The Texas Racing Commission voted Tuesday to take steps toward allowing state racetracks to tap into a controversial technology known as historical racing.

The vote allows proposed rules to be posted for a 30-day period of public review, and the commission will decide as soon as August whether to accept them. Ann O’Connell, a special counsel at the state comptroller's office who was voting on behalf of Comptroller Susan Combs, was the lone dissenter, questioning whether the commission had the authority to authorize historical racing.

Historical racing entails betting on past races, with most identifying information removed, at video terminals similar in ...

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