Tribpedia: Gaming/gambling

There are casinos in about 20 U.S. states, but not Texas, whose Constitution officially bans gambling. For several sessions in the early aughts, some lawmakers and interest groups have tried to bring various styles of gambling to Texas. The idea failed many times, but the budget crisis of 2011 brought on renewed hopes for gambling legislation. Proposals for increased ...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke at the 2015 Open Government Conference in San Marcos on Dec. 9, 2015.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke at the 2015 Open Government Conference in San Marcos on Dec. 9, 2015.

Attorney General: Fantasy Sports Sites Involve Illegal Gambling

While placing bets in fantasy sports leagues may involve skill, there is still an element of chance that would equate such leagues with illegal gambling in Texas, Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a nonbinding opinion released Tuesday.

Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, at a press conference April 8, 2013 calling for another push to legalize casino gambling in Texas.
Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, at a press conference April 8, 2013 calling for another push to legalize casino gambling in Texas.

Carona Sets the Stage for Hearing on Gambling Measure

"You never really know when a major issue like this will find a break or an opportunity to be passed," state Sen. John Carona said Monday of proposed legislation that could lead to the legalization of casino gambling in Texas.

The Humane Society of the United States supplied key information that led to the raid of an alleged cockfighting breeding facility in Santa Fe, Tex.
The Humane Society of the United States supplied key information that led to the raid of an alleged cockfighting breeding facility in Santa Fe, Tex.

Anti-Cockfighting Law Helps Law Enforcement Crackdown

Animal welfare activists are hoping for a renewed crackdown on illegal cockfighting now that laws passed last legislative session are in effect. Forcing the birds to fight was already illegal; now, it's also against the law to breed the birds or attend a fight.