Poker Gaming Act of 2013: State of Texas Bill (HB 292 filed 12/17/2012)


POKER GAMING ACT OF 2013 -- State of Texas Bill relating to the authorization and regulation of poker gaming and the duties of the Texas Lottery Commission; providing civil and criminal penalties. HB 292 Legislative Session: 83(R) Council Document: 83R 704 GCB-D. Introduced and Filed 12/17/2012. Author: Eddie Rodriguez.


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(a) This chapter may be cited as the Poker Gaming Act of 2013.

(b) This chapter does not apply to the conduct of bingo, charitable raffles, the state lottery, or video poker.

Sec. 2004.002. PUBLIC POLICY.

(a) All poker gaming conducted in this state and authorized by law shall be regulated and licensed under this chapter unless state or federal law specifically provides otherwise.

(b) The legislature finds and declares it to be the public policy of this state that:

(1) poker is a game of skill and not a lottery or gift enterprise prohibited by the Texas Constitution;

(2) unregulated poker gaming conducted by unlicensed operators in public establishments is inimical to the public health, safety, morals, welfare, and good order, and a person in this state may not offer and has no right to offer the game of poker for profit except as expressly permitted by the laws of this state;

(3) the development of regulated poker gaming in this state will benefit the general welfare of the people of this state by enhancing investment, development, and tourism in this state, resulting in new jobs and additional revenue to this state;

(4) the conduct of regulated poker gaming by licensed operators in authorized establishments will not harm the people of this state;

(5) the regulation of poker gaming in this state is important to ensure that poker gaming:

(A) is conducted honestly and competitively; and

(B) is free from criminal and other corruptive elements;

(6) public confidence and trust can be maintained only by strict regulation of all persons, locations, practices, associations, and activities related to the conduct of poker gaming and the poker gaming service industry;

(7) persons owning any interest in an operator conducting poker gaming and in a person distributing materials and specific equipment relating to poker gaming must be licensed and controlled to protect the public health, safety, morals, and good order and the general welfare of the people of this state;

(8) certain operators and employees of establishments authorized to conduct poker gaming and certain manufacturers and distributors in the poker gaming service industry must be regulated, licensed, and controlled to accomplish and promote these public policies while protecting the public health, safety, morals, and good order and the general welfare of the people of this state; and

(9) it is the intent of this chapter, where possible, to use the resources, goods, labor, and services of the people of this state in the operation of poker gaming-related amenities to the extent allowable by law.


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