This year’s legislative push to legalize casino gambling in Texas is dead. Or maybe it’s extremely a great deal alive. Or perhaps it is somewhere in in between.
Issues weren’t seeking very fantastic for the effort just per week ago. John Montford, the former state senator and Texas Tech University chancellor who was hired by Houston race track owners and casino advocates to lobby for casinos, appeared to become backing down.
Montford told the Austin American-Statesman for an report published last Saturday that his group, Let Texans Make a decision, was shifting its technique. The group would no longer pin its hopes on full casinos, Montford mentioned, but would scale back to pushing only for slot machines at horse and dog tracks.
He named it “a reasonable approach.” The assumption has to be that he no longer deemed it reasonable to devote his efforts toward acquiring approval of casinos for the duration of this session.
Fast-forward to Wednesday, and the image seemed to modify once again. Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, a casino proponent in prior sessions, filed a proposed constitutional amendment calling for creation of a Texas Gaming Commission to problem licenses for casinos or slot machines at current horse or greyhound racetracks, 3 more for “casino-anchored destination attraction improvement projects” in counties with greater than 1.5 million residents, three at similar casino-anchored developments on barrier islands in the Gulf of Mexico, and casinos or slot machines operated by Indian tribes.
Proceeds from license costs and taxes on gambling as well as other casino revenue would go first to pay the commission’s expenses, then toward school property tax relief, earnings for cities and counties in which the licenses are issued, greater education grants, race purses and numerous horse and greyhound breeder associations.
Carona had to get special permission in the Senate to file his resolution, SJR64, after the March 15 deadline. It was assigned to the Business enterprise and Commerce Committee, exactly where he is the chairman. If it really is at some point authorized by two-thirds votes inside the Senate as well as the Property, it would go to voters in a Nov. five constitutional amendment election.
Texas casino proposals have been up and down the legislative flagpole for the previous decade. It is possibly most effective not to gamble on this 1 just yet.
A caring outreach
Fort Worth college district officials have identified some 1,600 students as homeless this school year. That’s the population of a 4A-size high school, the second-largest classification in Texas.
The number also signifies a definite want, which some student groups and an array of neighborhood supporters are hoping to meet.
Students at Arlington Heights High College, with an assist from North Side students, have devised a approach to assistance homeless teens in the district’s middle and higher schools with clothing, toiletries and also other simple products.
The Care Closet, a joint project using the Fort Worth Police Department, opened this week around the Heights campus.
Eligible students who obtain a voucher will likely be in a position to check out, accompanied by a teacher, counselor of college resource officer to choose clothes, accessories and toiletries which have been donated by individuals and companies.
The Fort Worth district, with 83,000 students, 78 percent of them economically disadvantaged, is definitely the largest public college method in Tarrant County. But some smaller districts have operated volunteer-run clothing programs for needy students for years.
Birdville’s Clothes Connection began in 1991, and the PTAs Garments Closet in Mansfield opened in 2000. The Hurst-Euless-Bedford district and various Arlington campuses also run applications.
Many of them are serving escalating numbers of students, in line with a Friday report by Star-Telegram education writer Jessamy Brown.
It really is evident from the Care Closet Facebook web page that the endeavor is very substantially a grassroots thing, involving quite a few men and women and groups raising money and volunteering to have the space ready for “customers.”