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A-C Tribe optimistic gaming bill will get to House floor
Polk County Enterprise - May 2009
LIVINGSTON — Leaders of the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas remain optimistic that a compromise gaming bill will be approved by the House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures before the May 15 deadline. All proposed legislation must get committee approval by that date to be scheduled for debate by the full Texas House of Representatives. “A lot of people are supporting the bill, but the opposition is working just as hard, said Carlos Bullock, chairman of the Alabama- Coushatta Tribal Council. Bullock said County Judge John Thompson talked to a few legislators urging their support of the bill while he was at the state capitol on other business. The pro-gaming groups include the Alabama-Coushatta and Tigua tribes as well as horse racing and dog racing supporters and those that would like to bring destination resorts offering gaming to hurricane- ravaged Galveston. “We need 100 votes and we’re not there yet,” Bullock said. The gaming legislation needs a two-thirds majority since supporters are seeking an amendment to the Texas Constitution. Supporters say Gov. Rick Perry will almost certainly veto any gambling bill that goes to his desk. So they are taking the issue to Texas voters. Allowing the Alabama- Coushattas to reopen the entertainment center on the reservation 16 miles east of Livingston would create hundreds of jobs for the region, including many people that live in the three county area around the reservation. The entertainment center comes with a projected revenue of $1 million a month, Bullock said.