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Bill breathes new life into casino gambling in Livingston

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - American Indian tribes in Texas are trying again to get casino gambling legislation passed.      

Rep. Norma Chavez, an El Paso Democrat, filed a bill in Austin on Tuesday that would allow the Tigua tribe in El Paso and the Alabama-Coushatta tribe in Livingston to reopen their casinos.      

Those casinos were closed in 2002 by court orders, and both tribes say they've suffered financially since.      

The proposal would exempt the tribes from prosecution if they run limited gambling operations.       Chavez filed similar legislation two years ago, but the bill died in a rare tie vote in the House.            

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