House Won’t Reauthorize Texas Lottery Commission

Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) -  The Texas Lotto will live to see another day, after a nearly fatal attack on it by lawmakers.

In a surprise move, Tuesday, state representatives voted to effectively kill the Texas Lottery Commission, which oversees the Texas Lotto, scratch-off tickets, and charity bingo games.

Hours later, representatives reconsidered and passed the bill to re-authorize the commission.

The Commission was up for a vote as part of regular “sunset” procedures.  Every 12 years, government agencies must justify their existence before the legislature’s Sunset Advisory Committee.

The committee, which keeps government growth in check, recommended the Commission should be allowed to continue, and sent a re-authorization bill to lawmakers.

Both the House and Senate must approve a bill for the agency to continue its existence.  As the House was preparing to vote, though, Representative Scott Sanford, of McKinney, got up to speak.

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