The State Legislature Just Killed the Texas Lottery Commission (UPDATED)
Big news coming out of the Texas House this afternoon. Lawmakers there were considering HB 2197, which would tweak the structure of the Texas Lottery Commission.
The House just voted 64-82 against reauthorizing the Texas Lottery Commission.— Dave Montgomery (@daveymontgomery) April 23, 2013
More importantly, the bill would allow the commission to continue to exist beyond September 1 of this year. The TLC, like most state agencies, has to be reauthorized by the legislature from time to time as part of the sunset process.
As you can see above, the House shot it down. Which means no more scratch-offs. No more eight-figure payouts. No more lottery. At least that's how Representative Gene Wu, a Houston Democrat, and politicos on Twitter take it.
And the Texas Tribune's Ross Ramsey:
S. Turner totals cut @ $2.2 billion (1.1B x 2 yrs). Harper-Brown, from the chair, says budget negotiations will decide where to cut. #txlege— Ross Ramsey (@rossramsey) April 23, 2013
When you take out the amount paid to winners, the vast majority of lottery proceeds go to fund education. That was one of its selling points back when it was established. Losing that revenue will be a major blow to the state's beleaguered public education system.