HOUSTON -- The political battle over gambling is once again being fought here in Texas.
There has been a bill going through the Texas legislature that would allow Texans to vote on a constitutional amendment to allow casinos in the state.
If passed, it would help a lot of people who count on gambling dollars.
J.B. Morace is a horseman on the verge of hanging up his spurs. The owner of 7M racing keeps 29 horses at Sam Houston.
When asked what would happen if the bill doesn t pass, Morace said, All we can do is just move out of state. We've been fighting this for years. I don t see how we can continue. I can't continue to throw good money after bad.
Morace supports a proposal to put a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would allow voters to decide whether to legalize casino gambling in Texas and at his home track. Without it, he says the race park simply can't compete with the purses being offered in Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Why would I want to run here for $6,600 when I can go to Louisiana and run for $2,800, said Morace.
In past attempts to legalize casino gambling, the decision was left up to state legislators.
What they've been able to do now is shift the debate of whether or not we have gambling to whether or not we should let the voters make that decision, said KHOU 11 News political analyst Bob Stein.
And while extensive polling shows voters will be in favor, experts say it is unlikely lawmakers will let it make the ballot, fearing backlash from conservative interest groups.