Three days into 2023 and there is already a push from Texas legislators to bring casinos and retail-based sports betting inside state lines.
Democratic Senator Carol Alvarado has created a proposal, known as Senate Joint Resolution 17, which calls for citizens to vote on the future of both casinos and brick-and-mortar sports betting facilities. She has introduced similar plans off and on since 2009 and is renewing her commitment on the back of recent expansions in the gambling community.
Texas policymakers have a history of strong opposition to the ideas Alvardo is propagating. However, the gambling industry is gaining momentum with every passing day, giving more legitimacy than ever to her ambition.