Texas State Senator Carol Alvarado has filed a joint resolution to bring sweeping expansion to gambling in the Lone Star state in 2023, paving the way for resort casinos, tribal casinos, expanded gaming at horse and greyhound tracks, and sports betting.
Texas legislative session begins on January 11th, 2023 and only gathers in alternate (odd-numbered) years, and so law-making is a slow process. This Bill will need to be voted through two chambers and only then, because any change to gambling laws in the state will require a constitutional amendment, will require a public ballot. Such a vote would then occur in November next year, with a two-thirds majority required, and so legalisation is still a hope rather than an expectation.
Senator Alvarado’s proposal seeks up to four casino resorts in either the Dallas-Fort Worth or Houston metropolitan areas, and for horse racing and greyhound racing tracks in the state to offer casino gaming at their facilities. In addition, federally recognised Texas tribes would be allowed to offer tribal gaming. A Texas Gaming Commission would also be established and would be empowered to authorise sports betting.