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April 23, 2013

House won't reauthorize Texas Lottery Commission

AUSTIN — AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House has delivered a surprising defeat to a bill reauthorizing the Texas Lottery Commission — casting doubt on the entire lottery statewide.

What was supposed to be a routine bill sparked lengthy and impassioned debate Tuesday, with several lawmakers saying the lottery was as a de-facto tax on poor people.

The House then voted 82-64 to defeat the measure.

Houston Democratic Rep. Sylvester Turner pointed out that the state budget currently being considered by the Legislature relies on more than $2 billion for public education from the lottery. Turner said: "Those dollars are gone at this moment."

The House then went on a lunch break. But the bill's sponsor, Dallas Democratic Rep. Rafael Anchia, noted that it may vote to reconsider the measure.

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