REP. LUCIO DRAFTS BILL TO LEGALIZE SPORTS BETTING IN TEXAS

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For Immediate Release Contact: Ruben O’Bell
May 15, 2018 956-266-3394
Ruben.Obell@house.texas.gov

AUSTIN, TX— In light of yesterday’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court, Representative Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville) has drafted a bill to legalize sports betting in Texas. Rep. Lucio, who has long been a supporter of regulated gaming in the state, praised the Supreme Court for asserting Texas’ right to decide this issue on its own.

“Today’s ruling highlights the importance of the State of Texas’s right in deciding for ourselves whether an initiative like this is best for Texas,” said Rep. Lucio. “I am looking forward to beginning a conversation with my fellow members of the House this legislative session.”

While the draft is still in the preliminary stage, Rep. Lucio hopes to address important issues in his bill: creating sensible regulation over this industry which will make this new activity both enjoyable for Texans, while protecting their interests. Rep. Lucio also hopes that sports betting will provide additional revenue that will be used to fill gaps in public education funding and other revenue deficient state programs.

“When Texans utilize gaming in other states, they are paying for Louisiana public schools and New Mexico roads — it’s time to keep this revenue here at home,” added Rep. Lucio.

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