The Laws of Texas, 1937-1939 [Volume 31] Page: 9 of 1,313
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GENERAL AND SPECIAL LAWS
FORTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 1937
FIRST CALLED SESSION
PROHIBITING GAMBING G ON HORSE RACES.
S. B. No. 1.] CHAPTER 1.
An Act repealing House Bill No. 12, Acts of the First Called Session of
the Forty-third Legislature, same being Chapter 10 of the General and
Special Laws of the First Called Session of the Forty-third Legislature;
prohibiting in this State the certificate system of betting upon
horse races; making it unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or
association of persons, by means of the certificate system of betting,
to bet upon or to aid any other person to bet upon any horse race;
making it unlawful for any person, association of persons or corporation
to bet or wager any money or article of value at any race
track in this State upon any horse race to be run, trotted or paced
at any such track in this State; re-enacting Article 645 of the Penal
Code of the State of Texas; prescribing a penalty for violation of the
provisions of this Act, and declaring an emergency.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the' State of Texas:
SECTION 1. Chapter 10 of the Laws of the Forty-third Legislature,
First Called Session, being House Bill No. 12, pages
32-41 of the General and Special Laws of the Forty-third Legis'lature,
First Called Session, is hereby repealed.
SEC. 2. That from and after the passage of this Act it shall
be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation, or association of
persons at or within any enclosure in this State at which any
horse race is to be run, trotted, or paced, to take or accept any
bet or aid any other person in betting, taking, or accepting any
bet upon any horse race by means of the certificate system of
'The purpose of this section is to prohibit that method of
betting under which contributions of money are received toward
the entry of any horse in a race selected to finish, in a certain
position in such race, the person so contributing acquiring an
interest in the total money so contributed on all horses in such
race selected to finish in that position in proportion to the
amount of money contributed by such person, the person so contributing
receiving a certificate on which is shown the number
of the race, the amount contributed, and the number or name
of the horse respectively selected by such person, and the position
in which the horse has been selected to run. Under such
certificate system the sums contributed on all horses selected to
run in the same position are paid out to the holders of certifi-
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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/m1/9/: accessed May 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .