A shot of the crowd on the Capitol steps

Lyle Lovett presenting a check showing the over $500 millon the bill would be able to bring to the current fiscal budget.

Democratic bill sponsor, Rep. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
Republican bill sponsor, Rep. Jeff Wentworth
Over 800 Turn Out for Horsemen's Day at the Capitol

(Austin, Texas - March 31, 2011) - The Texas horse industry made quite an impression at the Texas Capitol today when over 800 supporters turned out to rally on the Capitol steps and then break into groups to visit all 150 Representatives and 31 Senators voicing their support for legislation that would allow the citizens of Texas to vote on whether or not to legalize video lottery gaming at the 13 licensed horse and greyhound racetracks in Texas and provide that the three federally recognized Indian tribes in Texas are not prohibited from operating video lottery machines on their tribal lands. Following are links to media coverage of the event:

Slots rally draws hundreds of people to Capitol, singer Lyle Lovett joins the effort - Austin American-Stateman

'Dog and pony show' for slot machines Lyle Lovett among racetrack gambling advocates - KXAN.com

The Capitol steps: Parks in play, dog and pony show for race tracks - Dallas Morning News

Lyle Lovett supports state slot machine legislation - KYTX CBS19.com

Lyle Lovett joins others at Capitol for gaming legislation rally - KVUE.com

Video: Q-Racing Ace Interviews from the Texas Day at the Capitol - AQHA.com

Recap of VLT hearing and Horsemen's Day at the Capitol - TTA website

Texas horsemen rally for legislation - SallyHarrison.com



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