The addition of video lottery terminals at Texas dog and horse tracks will be one of the items discussed when the Texas state legislature convenes for a special session beginning on April 20. The special session can last as long as 30 days and the governor can call as many sessions as he wants.
Between now and the time George W. Bush is sworn in as the 43rd president of the United States next month, Lt. Gov. Rick Perry will replace Bush as Texas governor. Perry is a Texas A&M University graduate who served as the Texas Agriculture Commissioner prior to being elected lieutenant governor in 1998. He is described by Robert Spellings, a lobbyist for the Texas Thoroughbred Association, as "genuinely and generally in favor of the horse industry. He's a friend."