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Bill's Daily Message for Friday, January 4, 2013
Date:  1/4/2013
ArticleType:  TAB

The TAB Board supports giving Texans the right to vote on casino gambling in Texas. It really makes no sense for this money to continue to flow across the border when it could be used here for our needs and be another economic development tool for the state.

Bill Hammond
President & CEO

Read More Here: http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/editorials/20130103-editorial-let-texans-weigh-the-risk-on-casinos.ece

Editorial: Let Texans weigh the risk on casinos

A casino billboard once sought to draw travelers from a typically scrubby stretch of New Mexico highway with the gambler’s siren song: “It’s your turn to win!”
As anyone who has banged away on a slot machine, turned a card or rolled dem bones can tell you, it often isn’t. The odds favor the house. Most Americans understand the risk of putting their hard-earned cash into games of chance. Some accept it for the rush and the fun. Others refuse.
They make the free-will choice, often not far from their homes. Gambling is no longer limited to a neon city in the desert. Forty-eight states allow some iteration; 40 have some form of legal casinos, from riverboats to racetrack slots.
The world hasn’t stopped turning. States and localities have banked the tax dollars and benefited from the economic development. So when will it be Texas’ turn to win?
More precisely, when will state lawmakers give Texans a chance to vote?
Biennium after biennium, this newspaper has implored the Legislature to put a casino gambling measure in front of voters. That’s the most they can do, as a change to the state’s gambling laws requires a voter-approved amendment to the Texas Constitution. Even if voters statewide choose legalization, local voters would still have to approve gambling in their communities.