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On February 22, Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-District 20) filed Texas State Joint Resolution #36 and enabling Senate bill #789 that call for a constitutional referendum to allow video lottery games at licensed horse and Greyhound racetracks and by Indian tribes under the regulatory authority of the Texas Lottery Commission and the Texas Racing Commission.
Subsequently on March 6, Representative Richard Raymond (D-District 42) filed companion legislation HJR #121 and HB #2729 also calling for a constitutional referendum to allow video lottery games at licensed horse and Greyhound racetracks and by Indian tribes.
SB 789 and SJR 36 have been assigned to the Senate Finance Committee and could be scheduled for a hearing very soon.
At this time, please contact the Committee members via e-mail to ask for their support of legislation beneficial to the Texas horse industry, and send a copy of your e-mail and any response to Dan Fick, Executive Director of Texas Horse at email@example.com.
Senate Committee on Finance (C540): Clerk: Stephanie Hoover, Phone: 512-463-0370, Room: EXT E1.038. Chair: Sen. Tommy Williams (SD 4), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Vice Chair: Sen. Juan Hinojosa (SD 20), e-mail email@example.com. Members: Sen. Bob Deuell (SD 2), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sen. Robert Duncan (SD 28) email email@example.com. Sen. Kevin Eltife (SD 1) e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Sen. Craig Estes (SD 30) e-mail email@example.com. Sen. Glenn Hegar (SD 18) e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sen. Joan Huffman ( SD 17) e-mail email@example.com. Sen Eddie Lucio, Jr. (SD 27) e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sen. Jane Nelson (SD 12) e-mail email@example.com. Sen. Dan Patrick (SD 7) e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sen. Kel Seliger (SD 31) e-mail email@example.com. Sen. Royce West (SD 23) e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sen. Royce West (SD 23) e-mail email@example.com. Sen. John Whitmire (SD 15) e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Sen. Judith Zaffirini (SD 21) e-mail email@example.com.
HB 2729 and HJR 121 have been filed related to VLTs at racetracks. HB 2374 relating to racetrack simulcast extensions has been assigned to the House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures and could be scheduled for a hearing very soon.
At this time, please contact the Committee members via e-mail to ask for their support of legislation beneficial to the Texas horse industry, and send a copy of your email and any response to Dan Fick, Executive Director of Texas horse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
House Committee on Licensing & Administrative Procedures: Clerk: Gabe Valenzuela, Phone: 512-463-0798, Room EXT E2.156. Chair: Rep. Wayne Smith (HD 128) e-mail email@example.com. Vice Chair: Rep. John Kuempel (HD 44) e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Members: Rep Charlie Geren (HD 99) e-mail email@example.com. Rep. Lance Gooden (HD 4) e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Rep. Ryan Guillen (HD 31) e-mail email@example.com. Rep. Roland Gutierrez (HD 119) e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Rep. Borris Miles (HD 146) e-mail email@example.com. Rep. Walter "Four" Price (HD 87) e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Rep. Senfronia Thompson (HD 141) e-mail email@example.com.
For more information on any bill, go to www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/BillNumber.aspx and the specific bill number.