Posted: Apr 23, 2013 1:46 PM by Associated Press
Updated: Apr 23, 2013 1:47 PM
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 asked if the vote would effectively kill the Texas lottery. The reply from the speaker's desk came: "If the commission goes down, then the lottery goes down. It would affect the budget."
Turner pointed out that the state budget currently being considered by the Legislature relies on $2.2 billion for public education from the lottery.
Turner said: "Those dollars are gone at this moment."
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