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Texas House of Representatives Votes to Reauthorize Texas Lottery Commission

The Texas House of Representatives has voted to reauthorize the Texas Lottery Commission.

House Bill 2197 originally failed in a 65 to 81 vote in the Texas House Tuesday afternoon, with some lawmakers calling the Lottery a de-facto tax on poor people.

The House reconsidered the second reading of the bill at around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, and approved it 110 to 37 according to the unofficial vote record. A third reading of the bill will take place Wednesday.

The budget currently being considered by the legislature has more than $1 billion factored in annually to public schools from lottery proceeds.

District 83 State Representative Charles Perry and District 84 State Representative John Frullo voted against the measure each time.

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