Georgia House gets horse-racing legalization bill

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010 5:46 PM
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ATLANTA -- Georgia voters could have a say this fall on whether to legalize betting on horse racing, based on legislation introduced today.

House Resolution 1177 would set up a referendum during November's general election to expand gambling beyond the state-run lottery. Introduced by Rep. Harry Geisinger, R-Roswell, the measure will need the votes of two-thirds of both the House and Senante but not the signature of Gov. Sonny Perdue, who has stated his opposition.

Geisinger described his legislation as a way to boost job creation across the state.

“In these difficult times we must seek out opportunities to create sustainable jobs and raise state and local government revenues,” said Geisinger, chairman of the House Equine Industry Study Committee.

“By following the examples of Florida and Louisiana, we can expand Georgia’s equine industry and create thousands of equine jobs throughout our great state.”

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MyChronicleUserAccount 01/26/10 - 07:43 pm
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kewl!

kewl!

DuhJudge
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DuhJudge 01/26/10 - 08:34 pm
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Put THAT downtown at the

Put THAT downtown at the Georgia Golf Hall of Fame property. Even I would go back downtown for horse racing.

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younameit 01/26/10 - 08:38 pm
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Geisinger was behind the last

Geisinger was behind the last effort to legalize video gambling (poker and lineup machines). Clearly, he's a puppet of the gambling industry. Be assured of this, Georgians: The gambling industry, run by organized crime, will employ almost no Georgians, will evade almost all taxes, will irreparably damage the HOPE scholarship, will destroy families whose members fall prey to gambling addiction, and will siphon enough cash from your State to cripple an already-vulnerable economy. Show me a virtuous gambler and I'll show you a pink elephant.

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bushwhacker 01/26/10 - 10:29 pm
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that said youna, bring on the

that said youna, bring on the horses!!

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Emerydan 01/26/10 - 11:04 pm
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well in many other states..

well in many other states.. the horse races are money losing enterprises unless they have a slots casino attached.

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MnMnMe 01/27/10 - 04:29 am
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younameit has a point

younameit has a point here...and emerydan might too but i know less about the profitability of races vs. casino..hmm. ANyway this is definitely NOT sending us in a right direction and has long-term, unescapable trouble written all over it like this flipping phone tax that is being bandied about. Has anybody caught anything about that...taxing everybody's phone bills? nice little potpourri of stupid policies we have going!

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Taylor B 01/27/10 - 08:44 am
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Why should the government be

Why should the government be the only entity in the gambling business, younameit? I guess you feel its okay to use force to keep people from doing things you don't agree with. What else don't you like we could make illegal?

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Ushouldnthave 01/27/10 - 07:52 pm
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I'll give 7 to 5 odds that

I'll give 7 to 5 odds that it'll never pass.

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hroseracing 04/21/10 - 01:10 am
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horse racing strategy; Cheers

horse racing strategy;
Cheers for the info. It was a good read.
http://www.racingsecrets.biz

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