Originally created 03/15/03

Video poker not coming back, top senator says

ATLANTA -- Video poker is unlikely to become legal again in Georgia, Senate Republican Leader Tom Price said Friday.

The video machines offering Vegas-style games of chance were banned in Georgia two years ago, but a bipartisan group of state House members has suggested a return to video poker to raise tax money. The state is facing two straight years of declining tax revenue.

But in his weekly news conference, Price said he doubts video poker is coming back because many Republicans in the GOP-controlled Senate were strong supporters of the ban.

"There are very strong feelings in our caucus that it's not an appropriate business for our state," he said.

The House proposal is pending in a committee and must pass that chamber before moving to the Senate.

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