Texas Racing Faces Possible Shutdown As Result Of Funding Shortfall

by | 05.25.2017 | 2:49pm

Texas horse racing is facing a possible shutdown once again if legislators in the state House fail to act on two bills prior to adjournment on Monday.

In an '11th-hour' agreement last year, the Texas Legislature approved funding for the Texas Racing Commission (TRC) after the commission dropped its push to have historical racing games installed. The TRC approved for funding through Aug. 31. However, as the Houston Chronicle reports, due to “unanticipated demands,” the TRC is facing a shortfall, and horsemen say they won't have enough funds to operate through Aug. 31.

In action taken just last week, the Texas Senate approved SB1971, which would provide the racing industry with $25 million over the next two years. A second bill, SB1972, which gave support to the state's breeding industry, was also approved.

Should the House not take any action, neither bill would become law. Dissenting members of the House say that “they represent districts that resist any form of gambling.”

Read more in the Houston Chronicle

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