NPT Capitol: Chente weighs in on the gambling debate
State Rep. Chente Quintanilla, D-El Paso, spoke in favor of HJR 99 which would put the issue of gambling directly to Texas voters.
Today, a plethora of gambling bills are being heard at the Capitol. The Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures will hear from the various gaming interests – in particular Racinos, Casinos, and Tribal.
But so far those interests have yet to come to a consensus on how to move forward in expanding gambing in Texas. Quintanilla’s HJR 99 aims to simplify the debate and stop general support for gambling being diluted by competing bills. HJR 99, if approved by voters, would give Texas Counties a local option when it came to any form of gaming.
“My bill is one of nine bills which address some form of gaming in the state. My bill is very favorable to gaming in El Paso; that is very important to me,” Quintanilla said.
Read the full press release after the jump
STATE OF TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
CHENTE QUINTANILLA STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 75
For Immediate Release April 8, 2009
For More Information, Contact Robert Grijalva 512-463-0613 Cell: 915-227-5846
Quintanilla Presents Gaming Bills to Committee
Austin, TX–State Rep. Chente Quintanilla today presented HJR 99 before the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee. Basically, HJR 99 gives Texans the opportunity to approve a constitutional amendment allowing gambling in the state. If the resolution passes, each county, including El Paso, would have the option to vote for or against gambling in that county.
“My bill is one of nine bills which address some form of gaming in the state. My bill is very favorable to gaming in El Paso; that is very important to me. I intend to give my full support to the other bills that are heard if there is also support for gaming at the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo’s casino at Speaking Rock,” Quintanilla said.
So often competing bills dilute support for a single resolution putting the question before the voters. HJR 99 would make the question only about Texans approving gambling. If approved, then the legislature would spend the year before the next legislative session taking testimony and essentially writing the bill that puts gambling in Texas into law.
“I appreciate the expressions of support I have received from other legislators and in particular the support I have received from El Paso and the Ysleta del Sur. I am proud to work together with the El Paso delegation, the Tiguas, and the city and county of El Paso toward the ultimate goal of re-opening Speaking Rock,” commented Representative Quintanilla. “I shall also give my chairman of Licensing and Administrative Procedures, the Honorable Edmund Keumpel, any support he needs in the effort to get the right bill on the house floor.”
If voted out of committee, HJR 99 would be placed on the House calendar for a floor vote. As with the other resolutions, 100 votes of support would be required to pass the resolution in order to be on the ballot next November.
Quintanilla is a member of the Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee.