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Well, that was interesting...

The Texas House reversed itself Tuesday and tentatively passed a bill that allows the Texas Lottery Commission to continue operating for another 12 years.

House Bill 2197 by state Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, passed 92-53.

The vote ended a day of drama in the House that started when lawmakers earlier voted to abolish the lottery commission. The House abruptly broke for lunch after the vote to end the commission, allowing House leaders the time to muster enough support to bring the bill back up to be reconsidered.

The bill still needs to clear a final vote in the House.

In a move that stunned the chamber just before it adjourned for lunch, the House voted 85-61 against a bill that would have continued the Lottery Commission for 12 more years.

"The Lottery Commission is gone," State Rep. Linda Harper Brown, R-Irving, said from the dais.

House Bill 2197 by state Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, was supposed to be a routine sunset measure to allow the commission to continue operating. The bill also expanded and increased the size of the commission from three members to five.

Instead, Democrats and Republicans voiced opposition on moral grounds and voted to kill the commission.

"There were more members than I thought who were against the lottery," Anchia told reporters after the vote.

Some $2.2 billion in lottery sales revenues go toward the Foundation School Fund and another $26 million goes toward veterans, Anchia said.

"There's some significant budgeting impact if the lottery is not continued," Anchia said.

The House broke abruptly for lunch after the vote, with lawmakers still wondering what had just happened. The House is schedule to reconvene at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, Anchia said some lawmakers will be working during the lunch break to get enough support to have the vote reconsidered on the House floor.

"There's certainly high drama in the House today," Anchia said.

Minutes after the House returned from lunch, Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, gave one hour notice of his intention to make a motion to reconsider the decision to end the Lottery Commission.

Houston Chronicle

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Posted: April 23, 2013, 7:18 pm - IP Logged

Well, that was interesting...

The Texas House reversed itself Tuesday and tentatively passed a bill that allows the Texas Lottery Commission to continue operating for another 12 years.

House Bill 2197 by state Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, passed 92-53.

The vote ended a day of drama in the House that started when lawmakers earlier voted to abolish the lottery commission. The House abruptly broke for lunch after the vote to end the commission, allowing House leaders the time to muster enough support to bring the bill back up to be reconsidered.

The bill still needs to clear a final vote in the House.

In a move that stunned the chamber just before it adjourned for lunch, the House voted 85-61 against a bill that would have continued the Lottery Commission for 12 more years.

"The Lottery Commission is gone," State Rep. Linda Harper Brown, R-Irving, said from the dais.

House Bill 2197 by state Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, was supposed to be a routine sunset measure to allow the commission to continue operating. The bill also expanded and increased the size of the commission from three members to five.

Instead, Democrats and Republicans voiced opposition on moral grounds and voted to kill the commission.

"There were more members than I thought who were against the lottery," Anchia told reporters after the vote.

Some $2.2 billion in lottery sales revenues go toward the Foundation School Fund and another $26 million goes toward veterans, Anchia said.

"There's some significant budgeting impact if the lottery is not continued," Anchia said.

The House broke abruptly for lunch after the vote, with lawmakers still wondering what had just happened. The House is schedule to reconvene at 3 p.m.

Meanwhile, Anchia said some lawmakers will be working during the lunch break to get enough support to have the vote reconsidered on the House floor.

"There's certainly high drama in the House today," Anchia said.

Minutes after the House returned from lunch, Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, gave one hour notice of his intention to make a motion to reconsider the decision to end the Lottery Commission.

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    Posted: April 23, 2013, 7:18 pm - IP Logged

    I'm glad to see that my threat worked.

    Who they think they messin with?

    Some amateaur?

    I am the Gamblin Queen and I will not be deprived of my GOD given right to toss my money at a fleeting dream. 

     

    LOL  Green laugh

     

    "DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS"

    more like 

    "DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS' LOTTERY!!"

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      Nice, obvious corruption. The only way someone would be set to vote one way and then come back after a few hours and change their votes is if palms were greased. Don't get me wrong, I am glad this idiotic vote was changed, but it shows what is wrong with politics today. 

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        I'm glad to see that my threat worked.

        Who they think they messin with?

        Some amateaur?

        I am the Gamblin Queen and I will not be deprived of my GOD given right to toss my money at a fleeting dream. 

         

        LOL  Green laugh

         

        "DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS"

        more like 

        "DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS' LOTTERY!!"

        Green laugh

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          Posted: April 23, 2013, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

          TEXAS ROCKS!Jester Laugh

          The newly formed lobbying group Christ for Bingo and Bouncing Balls performed marvelously.

          HALLELUAH!!!

          Time to start repacking my bags!

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            Posted: April 23, 2013, 7:35 pm - IP Logged

            I'm glad to see that my threat worked.

            Who they think they messin with?

            Some amateaur?

            I am the Gamblin Queen and I will not be deprived of my GOD given right to toss my money at a fleeting dream. 

             

            LOL  Green laugh

             

            "DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS"

            more like 

            "DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS' LOTTERY!!"

            Lets celebrate!

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              Posted: April 23, 2013, 7:39 pm - IP Logged

              MONEY RULES THE WORLD.

              IN GOD WE TRUST.

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                Posted: April 23, 2013, 8:27 pm - IP Logged

                Nice, obvious corruption. The only way someone would be set to vote one way and then come back after a few hours and change their votes is if palms were greased. Don't get me wrong, I am glad this idiotic vote was changed, but it shows what is wrong with politics today. 

                No No No, just another day in the Texas legislature. Meeting only parttime every other year gets some really interesting actions. There may have been palms greased, but there always is palms greased. State politics, in some ways, is worse than the Feds, and definitely more interesting.

                There was a big push from the bible thumpers in East Texas to get the lottery commission dissolved with the Sunset review. They are the same ones who keep casinos out of Texas and sending hundreds of millions to Louisana, Oklahoma, and New Mexico every year. Casino tour busses are big business here.

                Either way, we've got lottery until 2025 and we'll do this again in the next Sunset review.

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                  TEXAS ROCKS!Jester Laugh

                  The newly formed lobbying group Christ for Bingo and Bouncing Balls performed marvelously.

                  HALLELUAH!!!

                  Time to start repacking my bags!

                  Unpack those bags. You have to swear an oath of alligence to G H Bush, G W Bush, and soon G P Bush if you want to move here from NYC or any other New England area. You have to swear your love for Texas and all things Texan. You have to swear to the conservative principles of small government, probusiness, minimal regulations, and low taxes - and leave your liberal card at the border. And finally, you have to sign up to work the Christ for Bingo game every Thursday at your local Knights of Columbus (KC) Hall.

                  But, what was it you said?

                  Texas sucks.  They elected George W. Bush as their governor.   A lying cocaine snorting weasel, who was worshiping goats when 9/11 happened.  They love fracking, oil spills and destroying the environment.  They cant be that smart. 

                  The only thing good in texas is... ________   I dont know.  (you fill in the blank)

                   

                  Do you really want to pack your bags and head in this direction? Negative attitudes towards Texas while in Texas will get you into some big heap of trouble. Like they say, "Don't Mess with Texas!"

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                    Posted: April 23, 2013, 8:57 pm - IP Logged

                    Are these people voting to End The Lottery Commission- or pull out of MM/PB  lottery etc? If they want to remove people from running it,  that's a whole new story. I bet there are those who are injecting religion into their votes.

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                      Posted: April 23, 2013, 9:06 pm - IP Logged

                      morons sure want to call lottery a tax

                      i never seen a tax where no one has to pay a penny

                      no one is forced to play

                      god forbid people use there money via freedom of choice

                      morals high ground people my A#$, only not moral people here,  are ones thinkin they can pick and choose what we can and Cant buy 

                      glad some of morons who voted to get rid of 2 billion in cash for state voted  yes right atfer  they voted no for lottery

                      got to love idiots getting what they want then running form results of it.

                       

                      i rofl at all votes that changed, ofc they be doing a act of suicide,and they KNOW IT, why leadership was telling them vote Yes 2nd time u morons.

                      as they  would piss off nearly everyone who plays the lottery, and they soon be voted out  in a few years when everone forced to vote and throw them out in anger of what they did while in charge of state

                       lottery would be back sooner or later atfer there all replaced"fired" by the people

                      this whole vote to stop lottery first time was a time waste and they know it.

                      they just showed off majority of texas leadership  anti freedom"good job idiots" 

                      then again, this fine ad for what is libertarians vs conservatives , conservatives play freedom loving card Only when it suits them,  only when it fits there moral high ground, do u have right to spend money, see war on drugs, etc. cant stand them telling anyone what u can do anymore.

                      lottey harms no one by force, i dont care if some idiot  spends all there money and goes broke playin lottery

                      no one forced them to, just like no one forced anyone to over dose over some drug, law makers need to learn, u don't have right to protect morons by taking away freedom of choice

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                          Are these people voting to End The Lottery Commission- or pull out of MM/PB  lottery etc? If they want to remove people from running it,  that's a whole new story. I bet there are those who are injecting religion into their votes.

                          The really voted to abolish the Texas State Lottery meaning no more PB, MM, scratch-offs, pick-3; no more lottery.

                          But they can back, re-voted, and 32 changed their votes. Had it stuck, do you think Rick Perry would have veto or signed it?


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                            Unpack those bags. You have to swear an oath of alligence to G H Bush, G W Bush, and soon G P Bush if you want to move here from NYC or any other New England area. You have to swear your love for Texas and all things Texan. You have to swear to the conservative principles of small government, probusiness, minimal regulations, and low taxes - and leave your liberal card at the border. And finally, you have to sign up to work the Christ for Bingo game every Thursday at your local Knights of Columbus (KC) Hall.

                            But, what was it you said?

                            Texas sucks.  They elected George W. Bush as their governor.   A lying cocaine snorting weasel, who was worshiping goats when 9/11 happened.  They love fracking, oil spills and destroying the environment.  They cant be that smart. 

                            The only thing good in texas is... ________   I dont know.  (you fill in the blank)

                             

                            Do you really want to pack your bags and head in this direction? Negative attitudes towards Texas while in Texas will get you into some big heap of trouble. Like they say, "Don't Mess with Texas!"

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