oolley's support of gambling expansion is a change of pace for Conservatives who have long been against regulated gambling in Texas. "The people of Texas should have the opportunity to decide whether or not to add slot machines to Texas' race tracks and federally recognized Indian reservations. This legislation gives Texans a voice to decide our economic future," said Woolley.
The main issue for lawmakers in Texas is the millions of dollars that are currently leaving the state. Gamblers are traveling to neighboring states where casinos are legal, and are leaving behind money that could be going into the Texas budget.
Conservatives still clinging to the idea of prohibition are arguing that the revenue produced by slot gambling is not something that can be counted on. The anti-gambling lawmakers also contend that the social ills associated with slots are much greater than the revenue that would be produced.