A bill filed Tuesday in Texas would give professional sports teams the opportunity to be licensed sports betting operators provided voters approve a constitutional amendment to legalize sports wagering in the state in November.
If passed, H.B. 2070 filed by Republican Rep. Dan Huberty would decriminalize sports wagering and legalize it effective Jan. 1, 2022. The House Joint Resolution (H.J.R. 97) for a constitutional amendment tied to the bill would be on the ballot in November, allowing voters to chose for or against the resolution worded: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to legalize sports wagering in this state.”
Passage of a joint resolution in Texas requires a two-thirds majority in both the House (100 of 150 members) and Senate (21 of 31 members), and cannot be vetoed by the Governor.