Casino lobby dialing back legislative agenda

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Associated Press

Posted on March 17, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 17 at 12:34 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A group promoting legislation to legalize casino gambling as dialing down its ambitions for this session of the Texas Legislature.

The Austin American-Statesman (http://bit.ly/13ZLMTs) reports Let Texans Decide had cast its lot with efforts for full-blown legalization of casino gambling of Texas.

Now, the group led by former state Sen. John Montford is pressing only for allow slot machines at horse and dog tracks, an objective the group promoted in the 2011 Legislature.

Any expansion of gambling in Texas would require approval by two-thirds of the Texas House and Senate, as well as a majority of the state's voters.

A brightening budgetary picture for the state has sapped the incentive for expanding gambling in Texas as a means of increasing state revenue.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, http://www.statesman.com

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