Speaker Straus Names Members to Lottery Review Committee

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus made appointments today to the Legislative Committee to Review the Texas Lottery and Texas Lottery Commission.

The committee was created last year by the passage of House Bill 2197. The purpose of the committee is to study charitable bingo and the distribution of the revenue that such bingo generates. Committee members will also study the potential impact of eliminating the state lottery.

“The House had a healthy and productive discussion about the Texas Lottery last year, and this committee will continue that discussion,” said Speaker Straus, R-San Antonio. “I hope these Members will take an objective and thorough look at how the lottery and charitable bingo impact our state.”

Rep. John Kuempel of Seguin will co-chair the committee. Its membership will also include Reps. Giovanni Capriglione of Southlake, Garnet Coleman of Houston, Rick Miller of Sugar Land and Senfronia Thompson of Houston.

HB 2197 called for the committee to include five members of the House and five members of the Texas Senate. It will report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature by December 1.

Statement from Speaker Joe Straus

Speaker Joe Straus offered the following comment regarding the deployment of Texas National Guard Troops to the Border:

“As the costs associated with securing the border continue to escalate, the House will consider all options to address the Governor’s emergency declaration. Chairman Bonnen and the Committee on the Fiscal Impact of Border Security Operations will continue to monitor these costs and make recommendations in the coming weeks about how best to pay for them.”

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