April 13, 2024
DALLAS — Playing isn’t authorized in Texas… but.

However that doesn’t imply the town of Dallas doesn’t wish to be ready when it’s.

“And if we’re sitting round on our arms as soon as it turns into legalized, it’s a malpractice for us as a metropolis to not put processes in place and plan for welcoming casinos in,” Dallas Metropolis Council Member Chad West advised us on Inside Texas Politics. “I assure you cities like Irving, Grand Prairie, actually Arlington, are already taking a look at what occurs in our metropolis if legalization occurs on the state degree.”

A Dallas Metropolis Council committee simply held a briefing on playing in Texas basically and bringing casinos into the town particularly.

West says it’s necessary for Dallas to resolve if it desires to welcome it as a metropolis and whether or not council members wish to miss out on any alternatives for extra tax income and jobs that may accompany these casinos.

However Financial Improvement Committee members punted on whether or not or to not embrace help for playing legalization as a part of their state legislative priorities.

A few members expressed considerations about public security and the way playing will impression some residents, calling it a tax on the poor.

West thinks some degree of legalization won’t solely occur however occur quickly.

“I’d be shocked if it doesn’t occur this session in some vogue or one other,” West argued. “I’d guess the state does one thing. Possibly not full legalization. Possibly just some licenses right here and there to kind of check out the waters like they did with medical marijuana. However I foresee one thing taking place on this subsequent session.”

 Chad West additionally addressed the town of Dallas’ try so as to add housing density to assist with the affordability disaster… suppose duplexes, triplexes, and even fourplexes in single-family zoned neighborhoods. The Metropolis Council will obtain a briefing the week of January 28. West talked at size not too long ago about this topic on Y’all-itics. Take heed to the complete episode to be taught extra.