Republican senators don’t support casinos in Texas

December 4, 2023
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This is according to Governor Dan Patrick.

Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has claimed that the Republican majority in the Senate doesn't support a move to bring in changes in Texas’ constitution regarding allowing casinos to open in the state. 

This comes after it was reported that billionaire Mark Cuban sold a majority stake in the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks to Miriam Anderson and her family. Cuban has previously said he would want to build a new arena as part of a casino resort in downtown Dallas. 

In terms of any potential bills, acts this year supporting casino and sports betting in Texas were rejected during this year’s regular legislative session. 

Patrick said: "My experience and my knowledge is that we aren't even close to having 15 votes or 16 votes for casinos."  

"When the session was over, there was not a cry from voters calling their senators or House members, gosh, we didn't pass, I needed this bill.” 

As well as this, Patrick has said casino operators need to build support among individual House and Senate members rather than himself, the Governor or Speaker Dade Phelan. 

Before any change in the constitution would be able to happen, the legislature would have to approve it, and then the voters would.  

This news comes after it was reported today that the North Carolina State Lottery Commission Chair, Ripley Rand, has stated that mobile sports betting will not be legal and live in the state before the 2024 Super Bowl, though an early 2024 launch is still planned. 

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