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Politicians in the state of Texas have introduced an amendment to the state's constitution this week that would authorize online poker should federal legislators pass a bill legalizing the act.
The proposal was introduced by Democrat State Senator Leticia Van de Putte and would put Texas into an opt-in position should federal legislation regarding online poker ever be passed at the federal level.
If federal legislation falls through, the amendment would allow for the Lone Star State to open up and operate its own state run poker room. If such a poker room were to exist, it would fall under the oversight of the Texas Lottery.
Voters will get their say on the issue, as the amendment is set to be put on the ballot for the November 5th, 2013 elections.
If the amendment is voted into law, it would make Texas the first state in the union to automatically opt-in for any possible federal legislation.