The House of Representatives of Texas began to consider the House Bill 2741, which supposes to authorize gambling activities in the state for nine operators at maximum. The author of the document was Joe Deshotel, Texas State Representative.
According to the bill, the decision to legalize gambling in the state must be submitted to a referendum. Gaming operators who will receive a state license will be subject to 18% income tax.
Bill 2741 supposes to place gambling establishments in Galveston, Nueces and Jefferson counties; three more casinos will be opened in Bexar and Harris counties, and each of the three first-tier coastal or second-tier coastal counties will be able to open one gambling establishment.
Currently, there are two gambling establishments in Texas: the Kickapoo tribe’s Lucky Eagle Casino in the Maverick country and the Alabama-Coushatta’s East Texas Bingo Hall. The casinos is recognized at the federal level, whereas bingo hall is in a severe judicial confrontation with the state. The federal government and the National Indian Gaming Commission allowed the tribe to conduct the Class II gaming on its lands. slot machines, de facto offered in Bingo Hall are referred to the 3rd class games, so Bingo Hall is under threat of closure.