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Key senator: Texas casino bill's odds 'very slim'

Published On: Apr 17 2013 08:45:09 AM CDT
Updated On: Apr 17 2013 12:08:19 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

A key advocate for approving casino gambling in Texas calls the chances of his bill passing "very slim."
    
Texas Sen. John Carona, a Dallas Republican, decided not to have the business and commerce committee vote on his bill.
    
The bill would allow voters to decide on a constitutional amendment to allow casinos.
    
Carona said Tuesday his colleagues told him they didn't want vote on a controversial bill with little chance of success. He says the best chance for gambling might be if a special session is called for lawmakers to pass more school funding in the wake of a statewide lawsuit.
    
Gambling supporters say casinos would create jobs and keep gambling revenue from leaving the state. Conservative and religious groups have opposed the bill.