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 ...

Texas Racing Commission Nixes Historical Racing

The Texas Racing Commission voted 5-4 on Thursday to repeal rules allowing a new form of gambling, ending a monthslong deadlock that pitted members of the industry against state lawmakers. The nine-member commission voted in 2014 to allow "historical racing" and has been in conflict with the Legislature ever since.

Two racing horses graze Tooter Jordan's New Braunfels, TX ranch on Nov. 9, 2015
Two racing horses graze Tooter Jordan's New Braunfels, TX ranch on Nov. 9, 2015

Horse Racetrack Shutdowns Loom Across Texas

During a tense meeting, the Texas Racing Commission declined Tuesday to repeal its authorization of historical racing — a move that state leaders warn could mean the shutdown of racetracks across Texas.

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.