- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Several organizations that benefit from charitable bingo are trying to stop a new form of betting in Texas.

The Austin American-Statesman (https://bit.ly/1tgJOd2 ) reports the American Legion in Temple, Save Barton Creek Association in Austin and the Humane Society of Dallas County have filed a lawsuit against the Texas Racing Commission in a Travis County court. The groups hope to prevent the commission from continuing with its plan to allow historical racing at horse and dog tracks.

Historical racing terminals, which look like to slot machines, allow people to bet on previously run races that are stripped of identifying markers.

Advocates say it’s a necessary form of betting that will boost purses and establish racing a viable business in the state. Opponents say historical racing is gambling and should receive legislative approval before it’s implemented.

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Information from: Austin American-Statesman, https://www.statesman.com

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