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From Let Texans Decide Member Andrea Young:
At Let Texans Decide, we are urging the legislature to pass a bill that would allow Texas voters to choose whether Texas should allow expanded gaming opportunities. As the President of Sam Houston Race Park, I'm frustrated by the fact that out of state interests have stifled our ability to modernize the race track with the addition of gaming that bordering states have used to capitalize on the industry, hurting businesses like mine here in Texas. At this juncture, it's not possible for Sam Houston Race Park to compete on the same level as similar facilities just over the Louisiana border, a couple of hours from my track.
Current circumstances are hurting business owners and preventing new job creation here in Texas, and it's no secret that Texans are going to bordering states to spending their entertainment dollars. These are just some of the reasons why I'm hosting a roundtable in Dallas to discuss the economic future of Texas and the level at which citizens should be engaged in shaping these matters.
As I’m sure you know, one of the fronts on which a major battle will occur this session is on the issue of letting Texans decide whether or not to expand gaming in our state. At Let Texans Decide, we believe the citizens of Texas, not Oklahoma or Louisiana, should have the right to make their voices heard on this issue through a constitutional amendment vote.
Agree? Disagree? Have questions or concerns about what will inevitably be a contentious issue in Austin this coming year? As a businesswoman and a member of Let Texans Decide, I value the insights of our state's citizens, and hope you’ll join me at this roundtable. This is a great chance to make your voice heard, and I hope you'll attend.
Light refreshments will be served.