The Texas House has delivered a surprising defeat to a bill reauthorizing the Texas Lottery Commission -- casting doubt on the entire lottery statewide.
What was supposed to be a routine bill sparked lengthy and impassioned debate Tuesday, with several lawmakers saying the lottery was as a de-facto tax on poor people.
The House then voted 82-64 to defeat the measure.
Houston Democratic Rep. Sylvester Turner pointed out that the state budget currently being considered by the Legislature relies on more than $2 billion for public education from the lottery.
Turner said: "Those dollars are gone at this moment."
The House then went on a lunch break. But the bill's sponsor, Dallas Democratic Rep. Rafael Anchia, noted that it may vote to reconsider the measure.