State Rep. Eddie Lucio III pushes for legalization of sports betting

    In Texas, sports betting could be closer to reality.

    In Texas, sports betting could be closer to reality.

    State Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville) is getting the conversation started with a new bill he’s drafting.

    While the U.S. Supreme Court did revoke the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act prohibiting sports betting, it's now up to states to allow it within their borders.

    Rep. Lucio sent the draft to the legislative council to help them create a foundation for sports betting in Texas.

    "I think it's a tremendous economic development tool," Lucio said. "I think it needs to happen incrementally and there never been a greater opportunity for that than this opportunity presented to us by the Supreme Vourt with sports gaming."

    Lucio tells CBS 4 that he’s received support for his bill.

    Texas state law is restrictive towards gambling.

    The state constitutes gambling in the same form as table games, cards, horse and dog races, slot machines and betting on sports games.

    The law only has exceptions for social gambling, such as bingo, office pools and charitable raffles.

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