When confronted by the Texas Senate about their unconstitutional power grab, the state’s Racing Commission doubled down on arrogance.
Last year, the racing commission passed a rule vastly expanding the footprint of gambling beyond their constitutional and statutory boundaries. They thumbed their noses at members of the House and Senate noting that they were taking actions reserved, constitutionally, to the Legislature and the citizens of Texas.
Fast-forward to January when Senate Finace Committee Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) introduced her chamber’s draft budget. It was notable for zeroing out the racing commission. Appearing before her committee yesterday, the commission chairman doubled down on arrogance.
According to media report, Racing Commission Chairman Robert Schmidt, an orthopedic surgeon from Aledo, told Nelson’s committee that he assumed they were just misinformed when ignoring the letters senators sent decrying the move.