Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick said House Bill 1942 which details Texas’ sports betting industry would be regulated has “little or no support” in the Senate and won’t progress.
Last week, the state’s House of Representatives approved HJR102. HJR102 is a constitutional change that would allow state residents to vote for online sports betting.
HB1942 accompanied this amendment and passed the House with a vote of 82 to 51.
Patrick responded by saying that the Senate would not support sports betting.
Tweeted: “I have said that there is little or no support from the Senate GOP for expanding gaming.” I polled the members this week. “Nothing changed.”
He said that the Senate should not “waste” time on bills which do not have “overwhelming support” from the Republican Party.
The tweet read: “The Senate must focus on issues that voters expect us pass,” We don’t waste our time on bills that lack overwhelming GOP support. “HB1942 will not be referred.”