"And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold."
Yesterday, in a BRAZEN act of chutzpah, the Texas Racing Commission gave the elected leadership of Texas a GIGANTIC middle finger:
Commissioners voted 4-3 against removing references to historical gaming machines from its rules at today’s meeting."Historical racing" is a euphemism for slot machines. Last year, the Racing Commission approved "Historical racing" terminals in an attempt to impose Casino Gambling on Texans. Texas Senate Republicans refused to go along.
Here's where things get interesting: Three current members of the Racing Commission are holdovers whose terms expired in February. Of those three, commissioners Gary Aber and Michael Martin voted for "Historical racing." This gives an opportunity to Governor Abbott.
When the legislature is out of session, Article IV, Section 12, subsection (c) of the Texas Constitution grants the Governor wide appointment authority:
If an appointment of the Governor is made during the recess of the Senate, the Governor shall nominate the appointee, or some other person to fill the vacancy, to the Senate during the first ten days of its next session following the appointment.Bottom Line: Governor Abbott has the authority to replace two of the Commissioners who yesterday voted to allow "Historical racing." The appointees would take office as soon as the Secretary of State received the paperwork and would serve until (at least) 2017. It will be interesting to see if Governor Abbott uses this authority.
Governor Greg Abbott:
Phone: (512) 463-2000