The Laws of Texas, 1937-1939 [Volume 31] Page: 10 of 1,313
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1738 GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS.
cates on the winning horse equally in proportion as the amount
contributed by the holder of the certificate bears to the total
amount contributed toward the entry of all horses in said race
selected to run in that position.
SEC. 2-a. That from and after the passage of this Act, it
shall be unlawful for any person, association of persons, or any
corporation, at any race track in this State, to bet or wager any
money, or any article of value, on any horse race to be run,
trotted, or paced at any such track in this State.
SEC. 3. That Article 645 of the Penal Code of the State of
Texas, be re-enacted and read as follows:
"Article 645. What 'bet or wager' includes. The bet or
wager may be of money, or of any article of value, and any
device in the form of --purchases or sale or in any other form
made for the purpose of concealing the true intention of the
parties is equally within the meaning of a bet or wager."
SEC. 4. Whoever violates any provision of this Act shall be
fined not less than Two Hundred ($200.00) Dollars nor more
than Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars and be imprisoned in
jail not less than thirty (30) days nor more than ninety (90)
SEC. 5. The fact that many criminals and undesirables are
gathering around and near race tracks that allow betting and
"certificate system" of betting and it is causing an alarming
increase in crime and promoting detrimental influences have
created an emergency and an imperative public necessity that
the Constitutional Rule providing a bill shall be read on three
several days be suspended, and said Rule is hereby suspended,
and that this Act shall have effect and be in force from and
after its passage, and it is so enacted.
[NOTE.-S. B. No. 1 passed the Senate, June 3, 1937, by a
vote of 18 yeas, 13 nays; passed the House, June 4, 1937, by a
vote of 94 yeas, 13 nays.]
Approved June 17, 1937.
Effective September 24, 1937.
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1937-1939 [Volume 31], book, 1939; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth18824/m1/10/: accessed July 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .