Texas Tidbits: RA campers fight hunger

Participants at the Royal Ambassadors/Challengers camp at Latham Springs Baptist Camp. (TBM Photo)

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More than 140 boys and young men attending Royal Ambassadors/Challengers camp at Latham Springs Baptist Camp filled food packets with vitamins, protein and vegetables to provide 10,000 meals for hungry people. The campers worked in cooperation with Meals4Multitudes, a nonprofit organization based in Athens that helps churches and Christian groups pack nutritious meals for people in developing nations. 

Texas Racing Commission receives temporary reprieve. After a one-day shutdown of the Texas Racing Commission, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced an agreement that keeps the commission—and the pari-mutuel betting it regulates at Texas racetracks—operating for three months. Funding expired for the commission at the end of August. Last year, a group of state senators asserted the commission overstepped its authority by using rulemaking privilege to expand gambling to allow “historical racing” machines at Texas tracks. Also called “instant racing,” the electronic devices display information and a brief video clip from previously run races, stripped of identifying markers, and allow players to place bets on the races. A state judge agreed the agency lacked authority to allow the practice in Texas, but the commission voted Aug. 25 to keep references to “historical racing” in its rules that govern tracks. Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, was among the senators who criticized the commission for seeking to expand gambling without legislative or voter approval, and the commission’s vote to retain “historical racing” rules set up the funding impasse. Representatives of Texas Baptists’ Christian Life Commission and Stop Predatory Gambling-Texas called on Gov. Greg Abbott to remove and replace the commissioners.


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