The state of Texas has just introduced a constitution that may allow online poker in the state of Texas but that is conditional on federal legislators passing a federal bill that will legalizing the act. It was State Senator Leticia Van de Putte who has placed Texas in a position to opt out if federal legislation regarding online poker is passed at a federal level.
In the event that federal legislation fails to be approved then the amendment will provide permission for Texas to open and operate state run poker rooms, which would then be governed by the state lottery commission. This will be included within the states elections in 2013 and if voted into law it will place Texas as the first state to automatically be included in any federal legislation.
This will be a closely watched vote in November.