Assist for laws to permit built-in resorts with casinos in Texas has fallen brief once more.
Home Joint Decision 155, which might have given Texas voters an opportunity to amend the state’s Structure to permit legalized playing was withdrawn by supporters after they decided they didn’t have the votes to approve it Friday.
It was the second straight session through which measures to legalize casinos within the Lone Star State have failed.
A bid to legalize on-line sports activities wagering in Texas continues to be alive after Home members discovered sufficient affirmative votes Thursday to guarantee the supermajority essential to cross laws, however the measure faces an uphill battle within the Senate the place Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a staunch opponent of playing, presides.
Andy Abboud, senior vp of presidency relations with Las Vegas Sands Corp., one of many main proponents for built-in resorts in Texas, stated he was inspired by the progress made since Texas’ 2021 session.
“Our efforts to convey vacation spot resorts to Texas took a rare step ahead with the vote within the Texas Home of Representatives,” Abboud stated by way of textual content. “Though it narrowly fell in need of the two-thirds threshold of assist required for a constitutional modification, there isn’t any query that our efforts are heading in the right direction.”
With Texas out of play, Sands will now be capable to focus its consideration on New York, the place it’s one in every of a number of firms in search of one in every of three downstate on line casino licenses. The Sands bid is for a brand new resort on the Nassau Coliseum web site in Lengthy Island. New York officers don’t count on to guage on line casino concerns till late this yr or in early 2024.
The corporate obtained a lift in April with first-quarter earnings outcomes displaying that Sands’ Macao and Singapore casinos have rebounded.
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