The 84th legislative session ended on June 1, 2015. See the bills that have become law.

Expanding gambling in Texas

Curated by Alexa Ura and Bobby Blanchard

Attempts to legalize casino gambling in Texas have failed for years, and 2015 was no exception. A 2013 study estimated that Texans spend nearly $3 billion annually at gaming facilities in other states, and some lawmakers have said they would like to use that money to fund roads.

Rep. Matt Krause, R- Fort Worth, has been fighting against “historical racing” machines, saying they are no more than slot machines, which are illegal in Texas. In November, a state district judge ruled the Texas Racing Commission did not have the authority to install this type of machines at racetracks.

Leaders of the Texas Racing Commission might consider themselves lucky that lawmakers didn't defund the agency. Early in the session, senators in charge of the state's budget called it a "rogue" and "renegade" agency, saying the commission should  have waited for the Legislature's approval before deciding last summer to allow historical racing. 

Updated: May 29, 2015

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