Charitable gaming; regulations of operators of Texas Hold'em poker games. (SB1278)

Introduced By

Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Charitable gaming; regulations; Texas Hold'em poker games. Clarifies that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (the Department) has specific authority to approve and regulate operators of both Texas Hold'em poker games and Texas Hold'em poker tournaments. The bill provides that a qualified organization may conduct both Texas Hold'em poker games and tournaments, but at no time shall a qualified organization be permitted to conduct more than three such games or tournaments simultaneously. Current law is unclear as to whether such organization may conduct Texas Hold'em poker games in addition to Texas Hold'em poker tournaments. Read the Bill »


03/01/2021: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101863D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1278)
01/27/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendments (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/03/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/03/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/04/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/04/2021Reading of amendment waived
02/04/2021Committee amendment agreed to
02/04/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1278E
02/04/2021Printed as engrossed 21101863D-E
02/05/2021Read third time and passed Senate (34-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Read first time
02/07/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in General Laws
02/09/2021Assigned GL sub: ABC/Gaming
02/11/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1278E)
02/16/2021Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
03/01/2021Left in General Laws