Just hours after a vote that would have ended state funding of the Texas Lottery Commission, the Texas House reauthorized the commission.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Texas House had voted 81-65 to abolish the state lottery. Many Republicans and Democrats spoke against the lottery on moral grounds.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, the author of the lottery sunset bill that would have continued the agency, warned that if the lottery went away, $1.1 billion in annual state revenue, most of it going to schools, would be lost. He also said charity bingo games regulated by the Texas Lottery Commission wouldn't be allowed, either.
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