Georgia House gets horse-racing legalization bill

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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