Every year it seems as though we have this debate over expanding gambling in Texas. Lately though, tough economic times has made casino gambling a more viable idea for some. For others who oppose gambling all-together or worry about more government, casino gambling is not an option. On Monday's edition of The Chad Hasty Show, the debate was once again brought up.

Former district attorney, state senator and chancellor John T. Montford is promoting a new referendum that would allow Texans to deice whether or not to legalize gambling in Texas. Montford said that he was surprised to find that Texas was losing a great deal of money to gaming establishments in Oklahoma and New Mexico, and he would like to see more of that money stay in Texas by legalizing gambling in the state.

The referendum would affect areas with already established race tracks and Native American areas, and if passed, would be up for a vote in November of 2013. Montford pointed out that there is plenty of illegal gambling occurring in Texas as it is, and that legalizing it would help them to better police the illegal activity. He also said that Texans are smart enough to decided for themselves whether or not they want gambling in their state.

Montford: “We are not asking the members of the legislature to decided if they’re pro or con on gaming or gambling. We simply want to let the people of Texas decide, the Democratic way, if this is something they want.”

What do you think about casino gambling in Texas? Let us know in today's KFYO Poll of the Day.