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Georgia Gaming

10/10/2017

article Opposition to casino expansion in Georgia likely to continue
(Georgia) -- Next month, Georgia’s 2018 gubernatorial election – a vote in which the state’s people select their new governor – will take place....

10/9/2017

article Republican gubernatorial hopefuls renew anti-casino stance
(Georgia) -- Ahead of the November gubernatorial election in Georgia, all four of GOP candidates pledged to oppose any attempts to legalize casino gambling in the state...

8/22/2017

article Georgia Republicans to block any casino bills
(Georgia) -- The Georgia branch of the US Republican party have voted unanimously to oppose any new casino or horseracing bills which are put to senate vote this year,...

8/18/2017

article Georgia GOP Passes Resolution Against Casino Gambling
(Georgia) -- There has been increased support over the last couple years for legalized casino gambling in the state of Georgia, but the state’s Republican Party is...

8/11/2017

article Georgia Republicans Pass Resolution Opposing Plan For $2B Casino In Atlanta
(Georgia) -- A group of Georgia lawmakers has no interest in casinos, even a lucrative project for Atlanta. Last weekend, the Georgia GOP state committee passed a...

8/9/2017

article Georgia’s Republican Party takes a stand against casinos and horse racing
(Georgia) -- Recent developments in Georgia bring some bad news for the prospects for casinos and horse racing in this US state. Namely, opponents of regulated gambling...

8/8/2017

article Georgia’s GOP committee against casinos
(Georgia) -- Georgia GOP state committee passed a resolution this weekend that opposes gambling in casinos and horse racing in Georgia. Local legislators have been...

8/7/2017

article Casino gambling leads to higher divorce rates, more crime, GA Republicans say
(Georgia) -- The Georgia Republican Party came out with a resolution this weekend officially opposing casino gambling. But one Republican lawmaker says he will try and...
article Georgia GOP strikes a blow against casino gambling
(Georgia) -- As Georgia legislators prepare for another all-out debate over legalizing gambling, opponents will have an important ally. The Georgia GOP state committee...

6/3/2017

article John Watson elected chairman of the Georgia GOP
(Georgia) -- For the first time since Republicans won total control of the state Capitol, an establishment-backed candidate was elected chairman of the Georgia GOP on...

3/27/2017

article Georgia doesn’t give up on casino bill
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers have been pushing for the legalisation of casino gambling in the state for almost a year now, and every single attempt has failed. Three...

3/23/2017

article Casino gambling bill back from the dead
(Georgia) -- A push to legalize casino gambling in Georgia may have a little life left. Thursday Rep. Ron Stephens, R -Savannah, presented an updated "destination...
article Georgia casino plan still only mostly dead as end nears
(Georgia) -- A plan to legalize casino gambling in Georgia drew new, shallow, breaths Thursday as state Capitol denizens reminded each other that nothing is dead until...

3/15/2017

article In Georgia budget drives policy— and vice versa
(Georgia) -- As the legislative session winds to a close, many have focused on what did not pass this year, including two of the most controversial pieces of legislation...
article Zapp: Casino economics don’t add up for Savannah
(Georgia) -- Representative Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, and others introduced a bill in the state legislature which, if passed, could lead to a state approved gambling...

3/11/2017

article Editorial: Goodbye casinos, hello yachts
(Georgia) -- The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment. It's been a session more noteworthy for what wasn't done...

3/7/2017

article Casino Comeback on Crossover Day
(Georgia) -- Three days after the Senate sponsor of the casino gambling bill, Brandon Beach (R- 21 Alpharetta), declared his bill dead, Rep. Ron Stephens (R- 164...

3/6/2017

article Georgia suffers online gaming blow, Michigan introduces bill
(Georgia) -- Georgia’s hopes of legalising online gambling have been dealt a major blow after a meeting to discuss the matter was cancelled, while Michigan has put...

3/5/2017

article OP/ED: Georgia on my mind – in 2018
(Georgia) -- A much-hyped push to introduce destination casino resorts in Georgia fell flat on its face last week. A key sponsor of the enabling legislation announced...

3/4/2017

article The one gaming bill with traction in the state Capitol
(Georgia) -- Most of us think that the power of a law lies in its commands — in the “shall” and “shall not.” But just as often, the true...

3/3/2017

article Declared dead, casino bill re-animates
(Georgia) -- The casino gambling bill showed surprising resilience Friday at the Georgia legislature. The bill, declared dead earlier this week, re-animated briefly.
article Georgia Casino Bill Gets Surprise Late Push in Legislature
(Georgia) -- After stalling in the state Senate, a bill that would legalize casino gambling in Georgia got a surprise push in the Georgia House on Friday.
article Last Push For Georgia Casino Bill Scuttled For 2017
(Georgia) -- After a last-minute push to revive a bill that would legalize casino gambling in Georgia, lawmakers on Friday conceded the effort is effectively dead for...
article Renewed push for casino gambling in Atlanta loses steam
(Georgia) -- With a senate bill looking to legalize casino gambling dead at the Georgia general assembly, developers and state residents on both sides of the issue will...
article The ‘plug was pulled’ on Georgia’s revived casino bill
(Georgia) -- A late push to revive a measure that would legalize gambling in Georgia hit a brick wall Friday after sponsors failed to gain enough traction to get it past...
article GA House casino bill fails again
(Georgia) -- Tabled for yet another year. Last-minute legislation trying to get a measure allowing casinos dies in committee this Crossover Day in Atlanta.
article Ralston: Don't bet on Georgia casino legislation
(Georgia) -- House Speaker David Ralston says an effort to legalize casino gambling in Georgia is unlikely to get a vote as lawmakers face a legislative deadline.

3/2/2017

article A House casino bill to make a last-minute appearance
(Georgia) -- On Monday, the Senate sponsor of a casino gambling bill declared his effort dead. On Friday, Crossover Day, state Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, will bring...
article Ga. Coalition: Casino Shows Could Hurt Performance Venues
(Georgia) -- A coalition of Georgia venues wants to make sure any future casino bills bar gambling establishments from having performance spaces. WABE's Amy Kiley...
article Legislation similar to casino gambling bill up for consideration
(Georgia) -- After a measure that could have allowed casino gambling was thought to be dead in the state senate earlier this week, WSB Radio has learned a similar bill...

3/1/2017

article Casino bill dies in Senate committee
(Georgia) -- A Senate bill aimed at legalizing casino gambling in Georgia is dead for this session of the General Assembly. Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, who...

2/28/2017

article Elected Officials on Gambling: People don’t need to vote on Everything
(Georgia) -- Supporters of casino gambling and even those who opposed it agreed, the people should decide this issue. But the Bill to put it on the Ballot died in...
article Georgia State Senator to “double-down” on failed casino legislation
(Georgia) -- In the American state of Georgia, proposed legislation that could have seen voters asked to permit the licensing of up to two resort casinos is dead for at...

2/27/2017

article Casinos bill dead for 2017
(Georgia) -- An effort to legalize casino gambling in Georgia is dead for this year. State Sen. Brandon Beach, the chief sponsor of legislation calling for a statewide...
article Georgia Casino bill dead for 2017
(Georgia) -- Legislation that would have allowed casino gambling in Georgia is dead for the year, the bill’s sponsor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Sen....
article Sponsor of Georgia casino bill says he'll try again in 2018
(Georgia) -- The sponsor of legislation to allow casino gambling in Georgia says the effort is dead for the year. State Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, said Monday...

2/26/2017

article Georgia Casino Bill in Peril, Hearing Canceled Due to Lack of Interest
(Georgia) -- Georgia’s casino legislation was apparently snubbed by a Senate committee on Thursday, but can Senator Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) still drum up the...

2/25/2017

article Committee vote on Georgia casino bill cancelled
(Georgia) -- Senate Bill 79 was set to be voted upon in the Regulated Industries Committee Thursday but that vote was cancelled suddenly, leaving the casino legislation...
article OP/ED: Say ‘yes’ to casinos
(Georgia) -- I urge our local legislative delegation to please vote for legalized casino resort gambling in Georgia. This industry does not attract criminal elements. It...

2/24/2017

article Lawmaker: committee to vote on casino gambling Monday
(Georgia) -- A hearing on a proposal to add two casino gambling resorts to Georgia has been rescheduled for Monday, according to the bill's sponsor.
article Vote Canceled For Georgia Casino Legislation
(Georgia) -- Georgia’s casino bill that would put a billion-dollar casino in Atlanta—possibly from MGM Resorts International—is in trouble. According...
article OP/ED: Casinos and crime: Let’s count the costs
(Georgia) -- Casino owners are betting on Georgia, and their lobbyists are doubling-down on policy makers across the state. Before we go all-in on their gold-plated...
article Opinion: Casinos shouldn’t be allowed to put arts venues at risk
(Georgia) -- In the pursuit of riches, many gamble more than they can afford to lose – a fool’s errand in a business where the house always wins.
article Opinion: Ga. should learn from others’ mistakes and pass up casinos
(Georgia) -- House Bill 158 and Senate Bill 79 are the latest attempts by the gambling industry to invade our great state. This year’s attempt doesn’t even...
article Opinion: Georgians deserve chance to vote on economic prospects
(Georgia) -- The Georgia Legislature is currently debating whether to give us the opportunity to vote on legalizing destination casino resorts. While discussing the pros...
article Opinion: Looking past glitz and toward results
(Georgia) -- It’s ironic that a good tidbit of advice for Georgia lawmakers considering legislation to legalize casinos comes from the old Kenny Rogers song about...

2/23/2017

article Casino Companies Seek Foothold in Georgia, the U.S.’s Last Big Untapped Gambling Market
(Georgia) -- The world’s largest casino corporations have set their sights on Georgia this year, hoping state legislators will consider opening up one of the...
article Georgia casino bill hits snag in Senate committee; not dead yet
(Georgia) -- The legislation that would pave the way for Georgia voters to decide if they want casino gambling in the state was put on life support Thursday morning in...
article How the sponsor of a casino gaming bill came to change his mind
(Georgia) -- The stifling Senate committee room was packed to the point that state Capitol police flanked the door and were barring all newcomers. So I cooled my heels...
article Odds Looking Long For Casino Bill in Georgia
(Georgia) -- All bets are off on casino gambling in Georgia. A preliminary vote on a bill that would legalize casinos in the state has been scrapped, with at least some...
article Senate casino hearing cancelled; bill’s future in doubt
(Georgia) -- Today’s planned Senate committee vote on a bill to allow casino gambling has been cancelled leaving the bill’s future in doubt. Sen. Rick...
article OPINION: Apples and Slots
(Georgia) -- When Satan, as a serpent, the most subtle creature in the Garden of Eden, preyed on man’s desire to enjoy whatever was desired, he used the forbidden...

2/21/2017

article Bill in works to legalize casino gambling
(Georgia) -- A locally elected state senator is carrying a bill aimed at legalizing casino gambling in Georgia and bringing two “destination resorts” to the...
article Georgia casinos are under consideration, but new study raises concerns
(Georgia) -- For the second year in a row, Georgia legislators are introducing a bill to legalize casino gaming in Georgia, but a recent study raises concerns about its...

2/20/2017

article Big week for casinos ahead for General Assembly
(Georgia) -- This will be a pivotal week for the latest effort to legalize casino gambling in Georgia. The state Senate is expected to begin work on a constitutional...
article Georgia to vote on casino bill
(Georgia) -- Senator Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta, announced on Friday that the Senate Bill 79 will be voted in committee this Thursday. Beach is confident that if the...
article What Can We Expect from Georgia’s New Lottery Operator?
(Georgia) -- Back in October 2016, the Ministry of Finance put out a call to international lottery operators. Following the privatization of the Georgian National...

2/19/2017

article Big week for casinos ahead for General Assembly
(Georgia) -- This will be a pivotal week for the latest effort to legalize casino gambling in Georgia. The state Senate is expected to begin work on a constitutional...

2/18/2017

article Georgia casino bill to receive committee vote next week
(Georgia) -- After much consideration and a few changes, a casino bill proposed by Senator Brandon Beach of Georgia will be subject to a committee vote next week.

2/17/2017

article Reworked casino bill to see first vote next week
(Georgia) -- After months of talk and enough rewrites to paper a blackjack table, Georgia’s casino bill is coming to a committee vote near you next week.

2/13/2017

article Indian tribe moves in Georgia melle
(Georgia) -- A Native Indian tribe from Oklahoma has made clear its intentions to not only return to its ancestral home which is Georgia, but they also want to build a...
article Wingfield: Casinos in Georiga? Makes no sense
(Georgia) -- The casinos bill had its first hearing before a Senate committee this past week, and so far the discussion has little to do with whether it's a good...

2/10/2017

article New jobs, addiction argued in casino hearing
(Georgia) -- Casino gambling money in Georgia could benefit health care in addition to college scholarships. That's a change pitched on Thursday in a controversial...
article Senators take first look at casino gambling legislation
(Georgia) -- Critics of casino gambling questioned the industry's potential effects in Georgia on Thursday as the measure's sponsor unveiled changes designed to...
article AJC Watchdog: Former lawmaker’s casino letter not ‘lobbying’
(Georgia) -- State law prohibits former government officials from lobbying for a year after leaving office , but one recently retired state representative points out...
article Editorial: Casino debate needs to see public light
(Georgia) -- Just in case you had not noticed, the casino industry has its sights on Georgia and has some high-powered hired help to push the issue through the...

2/9/2017

article Casino backers hedge bets with changes to bill ahead of first hearing
(Georgia) -- The author of a bill to allow casino gambling in Georgia faces his first hearing on the measure Thursday as he reworks the plan to garner more support.
article Georgia casino bill gets first hearing as opposition is voiced
(Georgia) -- The author of a plan to legalize casino gambling in Georgia received a largely positive reception from his colleagues on a Senate committee Thursday, but a...
article Georgia casino gambling bill to be presented today; Lobby power grows
(Georgia) -- At one o’clock today, Senator Brandon Beach will be presenting Senate Bill 79 to the Senate Regulated Industries Committee, in the hopes that the...
article ‘Tweak’ to Georgia casino bill puts Columbus back in the game
(Georgia) -- As a Georgia Senate committee prepares to have the first public discussion of proposed casino gambling legislation, it appears Columbus is back in game as a...
article Haley Barbour joins the army of casino lobbyists in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Barbour is among a half-dozen lobbyists boosting Wynn, a group that also includes former state Rep. Ed Lindsey. They are but a small fraction of the larger...
article Kempner: Atlanta boring at night? Suburban senator has advice
(Georgia) -- Atlanta’s nightlife has a problem: It’s skimpy. At least that’s the message from a state senator who also heads the Greater North Fulton...
article LETTER: Ex-casino manager opposes gaming here
(Georgia) -- Since I relocated to the Savannah area in 2006 from the Mississippi Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina, I have a unique perspective regarding both the...

2/8/2017

article A high-powered Republican joins the army of casino lobbyists in Georgia
(Georgia) -- A powerful new ally of the casino industry huddled with Gov. Nathan Deal days before the start of the legislative session, part of a wave of pressure on...
article Raising a question about gambling prohibition
(Georgia) -- We obviously have a problem with basic civics knowledge in this country, and it leads to a lot of unnecessary conflict. A Jan. 29 Eagle editorial led the...

2/6/2017

article Opinion: Columbus not yet in casino game
(Georgia) -- Two bills were introduced last week in the General Assembly that could ultimately give voters the choice to legalize casino gambling in Georgia.
article LETTER: Lawmaker should place higher priority on education
(Georgia) -- DEAR EDITOR: Rep. John Carson had a full room at his town hall meeting Monday night at The Mountain View Library. He had a list of issues.

2/3/2017

article Georgia Governor Shifts on Casinos
(Georgia) -- Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently said he would be willing "to keep the discussion going" regarding casino gambling in the state. His shift...
article Georgia lawmakers offering a bargain to casino operators?
(Georgia) -- Legislation to make casinos legal in Georgia would tax gambling receipts at a rate well below the national average, a review of industry data shows.

2/2/2017

article Billionaire casino owner sets sights on Georgia
(Georgia) -- Another major player is watching the effort to legalize casino gambling in Georgia. Tilman Fertitta, billionaire owner of Golden Nugget casinos and a string...
article Gambling addiction possible byproduct of casino approval
(Georgia) -- Gambling seems to be almost part of our daily lives. Many Georgians buy a lottery ticket, especially when the jackpot climbs. Some play poker for small...
article LETTER: Don’t allow gambling
(Georgia) -- Look what happened to Florida when “resorts” with gaming came in! We must act now to oppose gambling in the Augusta area. Our state legislators...

2/1/2017

article Kempner: ‘Welcome to Atlanta: We’ve got craps!’
(Georgia) -- Heard the one about putting a casino at the Atlanta airport? Sounds like a great way to lose your luggage and your wallet in one stop.

1/30/2017

article A bill finally proposed in the Georgia House could pave the way for Chatham County to get a casino
(Georgia) -- Rep. Ron Stephens’ proposed Bill is titled with the name, “Destination Resorts.” The bill would allow for casino gambling in Georgia....
article Bill Would Make 'Resort-Style' Casinos Legal in Georgia
(Georgia) -- State Senator Brandon Beach has introduced a bill that would make the operation of two resort style casinos legal in Georgia. Senate Bill 79, the...

1/27/2017

article Capitol Recap: Georgia lawmakers toss the dice on a new gambling bill
(Georgia) -- It’s a sure bet that there will be lots of talk this legislative session about gambling. The conversation got rolling this past week as details came...
article Kasim Reed hedges his bets on Georgia’s casino debate
(Georgia) -- Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said it was too early for him to weigh in on a new proposal that emerged this week to allow two casinos in the state, including one...
article Georgia Moves to Legalize, Tax Fantasy Sports
(Georgia) -- Georgia would regulate and tax fantasy sports under a bill proposed in the state House, a year after the previous state attorney general’s office cast...

1/26/2017

article Bill to legalize casinos filed in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Legislation legalizing casino gambling in Georgia has officially been filed in the state Senate. Senate Bill 79, sponsored by state Sen. Brandon Beach, R-...
article Lawmakers say they haven't made decision on casino gambling
(Georgia) -- Two members of the Hall County legislative delegation aren’t yet ready to voice a definitive opinion on another attempt by Georgia lawmakers to seek...
article Chatham lawmaker introduces gambling legislation at Atlanta meeting
(Georgia) -- It’s a safe bet that gambling in Savannah will continue to be a hot topic this year as local government leaders and business representatives converge...

1/25/2017

article Bill names Augusta as possible casino site
(Georgia) -- Augusta lawmakers are optimistic that new state gaming legislation could eventually lead to casino gambling in the Garden City. Rep. Brian Prince, D-Augusta...
article Georgia Governor could support casino bill
(Georgia) -- Nathan Deal, Georgia’s Governor, said that he will likely be in favor of casino gambling if it doesn’t impact a state’s lottery funded...
article New details confirmed by AJC on casino legislation in Georgia
(Georgia) -- A compromise to legalize casinos in Georgia is moving ahead in the state Legislature, with a scaled-back effort that would allow two gaming “...
article Bentley's advisory council on gambling wants to hear from public
(Georgia) -- A panel created by Gov. Robert Bentley to study gambling issues wants to hear from the public. The Alabama Advisory Council on Gaming will hold a public...

1/24/2017

article Casino skeptics, opponents urge closer look at Georgia gambling expansion
(Georgia) -- As casino gaming interests converge on Georgia as the next major market in the U.S. to embrace the activity, local and national skeptics and opponents are...
article Deal wants assurances casino bill won’t ‘devastate’ Georgia lottery
(Georgia) -- Gov. Nathan Deal said Tuesday he won’t oppose legislation that would legalize casino gambling as long as it doesn’t “devastate” the...
article Georgia State Senator to Introduce Casino Authorization Bill
(Georgia) -- As a Georgian for 18 years now (dear lord, I’ve lived here a long time), I have never been able to play poker in a proper casino without flying across...
article New Georgia Casino Bill Coming Soon
(Georgia) -- The state of Georgia is not exactly a gambler’s paradise. A very conservative state aside from Atlanta and a couple other “blue” pockets,...
article Could the Atlanta airport emerge as a casino location?
(Georgia) -- Could a casino fly at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport? The development team planning a major luxury hotel complex, offices and a travel plaza next...

1/23/2017

article LETTER: Let Georgians gamble in Georgia casinos
(Georgia) -- My wife and I recently returned from a trip to Biloxi, Mississippi, where we had a wonderful time as the guests of a local casino. We have done this many...

1/18/2017

article Casino Gaming in Georgia? Don’t Bet On It Just Yet
(Georgia) -- Casino gaming is, at present, not permitted in the State of Georgia. Indeed, some commentators have gone as far as to categorize Georgia as one of the three...
article New Georgia casino bill expected next week
(Georgia) -- A re-tooled casino gambling bill is expected to be introduced next week at the state capitol. It will represent another go at an issue that mostly went...

1/14/2017

article Casinos are no surefire jackpot in Georgia, study says
(Georgia) -- While some Georgia officials are hoping to hit the jackpot with a new stream of revenue, a recent study cites some of the problems that could arise with...

1/13/2017

article Regional Gaming Cannibalization Concerns Grow as More States Legalize Gambling
(Georgia) -- As Georgia considers legalizing Las Vegas-style casinos in the state, the threat that new casinos will steal gamblers from already established regional...

1/12/2017

article Study warns of downsides of casino gambling in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Legalizing casino gambling in Georgia would have significant negative consequences the General Assembly should consider before putting the issue on the...
article LETTER: Casino a risky bet
(Georgia) -- An appeal to the consciences of good citizens of Muscogee County: Putting a casino here is like pouring gasoline on an out of control fire.

1/11/2017

article Casinos in Georgia could be burden on local governments, study says
(Georgia) -- Casino gambling could give state tax revenue a giant boost, but it would also generate new public safety, infrastructure and social costs for cities and...

1/10/2017

article OP/ED: Gambling question no simple call
(Georgia) -- The Christmas holidays are behind us, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t still considering the possibility of more presents. Some members of...
article Proponents of casino gaming and pari-mutuel wagering in Georgia join forces
(Georgia) -- 2017 may be the year that the state of Georgia finally legalizes casino gaming and pari-mutuel racing. Proponents of both activities are now working...

1/9/2017

article Georgia Senator to push for casino legalisation
(Georgia) -- The Georgia Legislature will resume its activity today, and state Senator Brandon Beach had indicated in previous opportunities that he’s likely to...

1/5/2017

article Georgia lottery pitch: Less money for winners, more for HOPE
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers are poised to lower Georgia lottery payouts in order to put more money into HOPE scholarships. The shift could raise $80 million more for...

1/4/2017

article Augusta commissioners on board with casino gambling in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Proponents for bringing casino gambling to Georgia just added another ally as Augusta has joined the growing number of cities and counties on board with...

1/3/2017

article Augusta commissioners support push for casino gambling in GA
(Georgia) -- Augusta is on board in a state-wide effort to bring casino gambling to Georgia. Commissioners unanimously voted on a motion that would provide additional...
article Georgia pros and cons ready for another gambling fight at statehouse
(Georgia) -- The Georgia House of Representatives will convene on January 9 for the first legislative day of the New Year and after lawmakers failed to bring casino...

12/21/2016

article State Senate candidates discuss legal gambling, medical marijuana and religious freedom
(Georgia) -- A proposed amendment to the Georgia Constitution to allow casino gambling may have stalled in the last session of the Legislature, but proponents say they...

12/16/2016

article Gambling To Top Georgia's Legislative Agenda
(Georgia) -- Supporters of legalizing casino gambling and pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in Georgia will bring some new talking points to the 2017 General Assembly...
article Georgia legislators still contemplating casino gaming
(Georgia) -- Casino gambling has been on the mind of legislators in the state of Georgia for some time now. Even though efforts are stalled for this year, the option...

12/15/2016

article Atlanta Will Still Have Georgia Gaming Opportunities on Its Mind When 2017 Legislative Session Resumes
(Georgia) -- The failed Georgia casino bill that didn’t gain enough support in Atlanta during this year’s legislative session is expected to return in the...

12/14/2016

article Casino gambling could come to Georgia
(Georgia) -- The State of Georgia plans to review an amendment to allow casino gaming early next year that would decide whether to allow casinos in the state. State...
article Georgia casino bill possibly up for discussion again in 2017
(Georgia) -- Georgia's casino gambling bill may have died during last year's legislative session, but the conversation has not. In fact, lawmakers are already...

12/11/2016

article Gambling could be source of revenue for cash-strapped state
(Georgia) -- Liberty County Commissioners received a legislative update Tuesday from state Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, who told them of renewed interest in legalizing...

12/7/2016

article Kelley not sold on casino gambling in Georgia
(Georgia) -- One of the hot button issues that will likely be up for debate in 2017 in the state legislature is casino gambling, and along with other leaders in the...

12/1/2016

article Is a casino like this in Atlanta’s future?
(Maryland) -- At night, the 23-story hotel tower of the MGM National Harbor casino resort rises above the Beltway like a glowing glass shard. A few miles west across the...

11/26/2016

article Don't bet on it: A successful casino in Augusta would be a long shot
(Georgia) -- Because the state of Georgia and the Augusta Commission are considering casinos in our area, I think it is important to look at what has happened in other...

11/20/2016

article City seeking remedy for illegal gaming
(Georgia) -- Local lawmakers say it’s unlikely the 2017 Georgia General Assembly session will bring changes to the state’s video gaming law. Rome officials...

11/18/2016

article Georgia lawmakers expect casino bill, fight over proceeds
(Georgia) -- A bipartisan panel of Georgia state lawmakers on Friday agreed a casino bill will come before them in 2017, and they expect the fight to come down to...

11/17/2016

article Columbus City Council approves push to seek vote on gambling, casinos in GA
(Georgia) -- Could a casino make its way to Columbus in the future? City lawmakers tested the waters at Tuesday night's meeting to see how voters feel about the...

11/16/2016

article As Columbus considers idea of casino, LaGrange less than two years away from family resort
(Georgia) -- The idea of a resort casino coming to Columbus is making news across the Southeast. The city of LaGrange is already moving ahead with plans to build Great...

11/15/2016

article City Council votes to allow voters to decide on casino gambling
(Georgia) -- Could casino gambling to Georgia and Columbus, in particular? City Council took a vote Tuesday night that would allow voters across the state to decide that...
article Columbus entrepreneur interested in creating $200 million resort casino
(Georgia) -- Yesterday, Robert Wright Jr., an entrepreneur of Columbus, Georgia stated that he is interested in creating a resort casino in the south area of the city...
article Council OKs asking legislature for referendum on casino gambling
(Georgia) -- It took about 90 minutes of discussion, but Columbus Council eventually approved including a casino gambling referendum on its legislative wish list. By a 7...

11/14/2016

article Robert Wright wants to put a casino resort in south Columbus
(Georgia) -- Columbus entrepreneur Robert Wright Jr. said Monday he would like to bring a $200 million resort casino to south Columbus if the state of Georgia legalizes...

10/21/2016

article A roll of the dice
(Georgia) -- We hope local leaders realize what a huge gamble casinos are. The gaming industry’s relentless push to open Georgia to casino gambling appears to be...
article Augusta lawmakers open to casino gaming
(Georgia) -- Casino gaming has been a hot topic in the state of Georgia as of late and Augusta is currently being considered as a location if the option becomes legal....
article Can casinos deliver on their promises?
(Georgia) -- Undaunted by this year’s failed effort in the state Legislature, casino gaming interests are setting up to pitch lawmakers in next year’s...

10/8/2016

article Wynn Resorts Limited interested in developing a Georgia casino
(Georgia) -- Only a few days after Jim Murren, the Chief Executive Officer for MGM Resorts International, told a group of Atlanta business leaders that his company was...

10/7/2016

article Bill Torpy at Large: Relentless casino crowd keeps playing Georgia
(Georgia) -- Once again, the gambling boys are back in town trying to win over the locals with the prospect of untold riches brought to you by a brand new casino.

10/6/2016

article MGM Resorts CEO meets with officials in Atlanta and reaffirms commitment to build $1 billion casino resort
(Georgia) -- MGM Resorts announced earlier this week that it would open its $1.4 billion MGM National Harbor casino in Maryland on December 8, 2016.
article MGM Resorts claims new casino project would boost Georgia economy
(Georgia) -- On Monday, MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren made a renewed effort to persuade Georgia to allow a $1 billion casino to be built in Atlanta.

10/5/2016

article MGM CEO: ‘We are in this for the long game’
(Georgia) -- Georgia remains a tempting target for Las Vegas. The Peach State has the world’s busiest airport, a Top 10 media market and a growing population. But...

10/4/2016

article Murren says $1B Atlanta resort could be economic engine for Georgia
(Georgia) -- Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, told local business and civic leaders in Atlanta on Monday that Las Vegas-style gambling,...
article Steve Wynn, another major Vegas player, joins casino effort in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Just one day after the CEO of MGM Resorts told Atlanta business leaders that casino gambling in Georgia would be a financial windfall for the state, another...

10/3/2016

article MGM CEO pitches casino gambling as boon to HOPE, economy
(Georgia) -- The debate about casino gambling in Georgia is about to return in a big way. On Monday, the Chairman and CEO of Fortune 500 casino and hotel operator MGM...

9/14/2016

article Are Georgians willing to gamble on casinos for HOPE Scholarship?
(Georgia) -- Tommy Dortch is former state director for U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and chairman emeritus of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. In this piece, he endorses a ballot...

9/3/2016

article Macon County, Georgia Says Gambling Raids Have Aided Community Programs
(Georgia) -- Macon County in Georgia wants it residents to know that the over $1 million in lawsuit settlements it’s received stemming from a 2014 gambling raid is...

8/13/2016

article Why a HOPE report could relaunch the debate over casinos in Georgia
(Georgia) -- A new and much-covered analysis released this week asserts that Georgia’s popular HOPE scholarship could run short of cash when today’s pre-K...

7/21/2016

article Lottery breaks record: Is more gaming on the way?
(Georgia) -- When Georgia sold its first lottery ticket to then Gov. Zell Miller on June 29, 1993, there were many predictions — some good, some bad and some dire...

6/14/2016

article Would Georgia win big with casinos? Neutral study suggests it wouldn’t
(Georgia) -- You know what they say: The house always wins. It even sets the numbers to its liking before it has permission to open its doors. Casino operators will be...

6/11/2016

article Casinos right about their rosy scenario for Georgia? I’ll take that bet
(Georgia) -- You know what they say: The house always wins. It even sets the numbers to its liking before it has permission to open its doors. Casino operators will be...

6/6/2016

article Downtown Atlanta group’s study casts doubt on gambling
(Georgia) -- A study paid for by downtown Atlanta’s top booster group throws some cold water on rosy projections of the economic impact of legalizing casinos in...

4/1/2016

article Racing coming to Arnco? You can bet on it.
(Georgia) -- Property developers are currently eying the unused Arnco baseball field as a possible mixed purpose facility. The field, which has remained unused over the...
article Georgia Supreme Court rules for convenience stores, gambling
(Georgia) -- The house wins yet again, this time in a legal fight over video gambling terminals. Under a state Supreme Court ruling, the City of Clarkston will no longer...

3/5/2016

article Casino supporters look to next legislative session
(Georgia) -- The battle to bring casino gambling to Georgia hit a major roadblock last week in the House of Representatives, but even those opposed to the idea expect...

3/2/2016

article Atlanta Casinos: Panelists Will Still Ponder Possibilities
(Georgia) -- Legislation that could have allowed voters to decide whether Atlanta gets casinos has died an untimely Crossover Day death. Earlier this week, Georgia House...
article Bill allowing casino gambling in Georgia fails
(Georgia) -- The bill that would have allowed casino gambling in Georgia didn’t even make it to the House floor, essentially killing the bill for this session.

3/1/2016

article Georgia House speaker kills casino gambling measures
(Georgia) -- A bid to legalize casino gambling in Georgia is dead for this year. Georgia House Speaker David Ralston late Monday afternoon removed from the Crossover Day...
article Lack of crossover 'effectively kills' HOPE-funding casino bill in Georgia House
(Georgia) -- A bill pushing to expand gambling in Georgia in an attempt to increase funding for the HOPE Scholarship Program failed to cross from the Georgia House of...

2/29/2016

article Casino proposals won't get vote
(Georgia) -- Proposals to bring casino gambling to Georgia won’t receive a House vote Monday, effectively killing the effort for the 2016 session. House Speaker...
article Georgia gambling measures stall for the 2016 session
(Georgia) -- Efforts to legalize casinos in Georgia have likely failed this year since the state House speaker postponed a vote on the issue Monday, a key deadline for...
article Speaker Ralston postpones casino vote; issue likely dead this year
(Georgia) -- Supporters of casinos in the state will have to wait another year. Georgia’s House Speaker announced Monday that legislation to legalize them would...

2/28/2016

article Georgia House Committee Backs Casino Gambling Proposals
(Georgia) -- A state House committee approved a set of measures Thursday that would seek to bring casino gambling to Georgia. The bill and accompanying constitutional...
article Monday is crossover day at legislature
(Georgia) -- The 2016 Georgia General Assembly session is moving full-steam ahead, and Monday is the second-most important day of the session.

2/27/2016

article Casino proceeds eyed for health care, tax relief
(Georgia) -- If casino gambling comes to Georgia, the state's winnings may benefit more than just education. Revenue from casino taxes and fees would be funneled to...
article Rural stresses trouble lawmakers
(Georgia) -- Georgia's annual legislative session began in January with a spotlight on rural Georgia, as some of the state's top politicians lamented the...

2/26/2016

article Casinos could get House vote on Monday
(Georgia) -- House Speaker David Ralston said Friday that he wants lawmakers to go home this weekend, go to church, talk to their constituents and come back Monday...
article Georgia House delays vote on casino gambling proposal
(Georgia) -- House Speaker David Ralston has postponed a vote on a set of measures that could bring casino gambling to Georgia. House leadership added the bill Friday...

2/25/2016

article Casino gambling clears Georgia House committee
(Georgia) -- A proposed statewide referendum on legalizing casino gambling in Georgia cleared a key hurdle Thursday. A committee in the state House of Representatives...
article Georgia House panel backs casino gambling
(Georgia) -- Georgia could see up to four casino resorts under legislation approved Thursday by a state House committee. The Regulated Industries Committee...
article Georgia House panel backs casino measures
(Georgia) -- A state House committee approved a set of measures Thursday that seek to bring casino gambling to Georgia. The bill and accompanying constitutional...
article Lawmaker: Casinos could save HOPE Scholarship
(Georgia) -- The state would only issue four licenses--two in metro Atlanta and two more in the rest of the state. Supporters of the legislation said it would generate...
article Senate backs penalties for tampering with Georgia’s gambling machines
(Georgia) -- The slot-like gambling machines that populate gas stations and laundromats across Georgia only recently came under state control and on Thursday the Georgia...

2/20/2016

article Downtown civic group of Atlanta to research impact of legalizing the gaming industry
(Georgia) -- Georgia is one of the least friendly gambling states in the America, but legislators have been discussing the possibility of legalizing gambling in Atlanta...

2/17/2016

article Atlanta downtown booster group to study effects of casino gaming
(Georgia) -- As casino interests pour money into Georgia lawmakers’ war chests in hopes of bringing gaming to Georgia, a downtown booster organization is moving...

2/13/2016

article Gambling interests ante up in big way at Georgia Capitol
(Georgia) -- Casino interests have placed big bets on top lawmakers over the past few months in hopes of getting legislation passed to expand gambling in Georgia. Casino...

2/9/2016

article Cagle: Georgia casinos will likely have to wait
(Georgia) -- Casino gambling is not likely to get out of the legislature this year, according to Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. That prediction came during an exclusive...

2/7/2016

article Georgia casino proponents hope gambling bill will gain momentum
(Georgia) -- The legislative session will end in the state of Georgia by March and proponents of casino gambling for the state are hoping a casino gambling bill already...

2/4/2016

article Georgia casino bill waits for its legislative moment
(Georgia) -- Backers of a casino gambling bill say they are hoping to get some momentum at the Capitol as early as next week to pass the bill before the legislative...
article Georgia Still Considering Casino Bill
(Georgia) -- Could this be the year for Georgia to approve Las Vegas-style casino-resorts? A bill that would allow for voters to decide in November is still on the table...

2/3/2016

article KIDD: Legislative news and notes from Rep. Kidd
(Georgia) -- The 2016 Legislative session is now 13 days old with only 27 days to go. Major issues to date are: Horse Racing – SR 135 and SB 264 passed the Senate...

1/28/2016

article Four Georgia bills every student should know [3rd item]
(Georgia) -- In May 2015, Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) introduced HB 677 in the state House of Representatives that would use casino gambling to increase funding for...

1/25/2016

article Horse racing bill draws fire in Georgia Senate
(Georgia) -- Legislation to legalize pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in Georgia got a skeptical reception Monday during a state Senate hearing. Several members of...
article Horse track backers in Georgia make case at Capitol
(Georgia) -- Backers of horse racing made an appearance at the Capitol Monday to call on the legislature to legalize pari-mutuel betting. They came with a sales pitch...

1/22/2016

article New (but slightly old) poll shows GOP angst over casino gambling
(Georgia) -- A little ol’ poll on casino gambling could have a big impact the debate within the state Legislature. The data isn’t quite as fresh as you might...
article Horse racing enthusiasts back new track in Ga.
(Georgia) -- The Georgia Horse Racing Coalition does not identify a site for the 250-acre mixed-use development which would surround a track with residential and...

1/21/2016

article Locals weigh in on bringing casinos to Georgia
(Georgia) -- Various members of the Georgia State Legislature say they plan to introduce a bill in this year’s session for a Constitutional amendment to allow...

1/19/2016

article OP/ED: Methodists opposing casino plan
(Georgia) -- We, pastors of the United Methodist churches of Macon County, write in opposition to the proposal to have a casino placed in the Decatur Conference Center...

1/18/2016

article Horseracing supporters announce Atlanta track plans
(Georgia) -- A group of horseracing supporters announced Monday plans for a residential and commercial development centered on a track likely to be built in metro...

1/16/2016

article Casino supporters in Georgia bet on two-year plan
(Georgia) -- Gambling was on the minds of nearly everyone this past week, and it wasn’t just about the $1.6 billion Powerball drawing. As legislators began the new...
article Massive new multi-use horse racing track proposed for Georgia
(Georgia) -- A ground-breaking mixed-use racetrack could be built in the US state of Georgia within the next couple of years, if voters agree to allow racing in the...

1/14/2016

article Gambling on HOPE: Lawmakers propose legalizing casinos, horse racing to fund scholarship
(Georgia) -- The school year begins, and students line the halls of the Zell B. Miller Learning Center, walking to class or just burning time. Many of these students go...
article GCSU poll: Most Georgians back casinos, concerned about education
(Georgia) -- Georgians are mostly dissatisfied with the state of education here, but think the state's leaders are doing a good job. Most of them support casino...

1/12/2016

article New approach for casino gambling in Georgia
(Georgia) -- A state lawmaker trying to bring casino gambling to Georgia is changing his approach. Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah), who introduced the legislation the...
article Senator: ‘Declare every red cent’ spent to legalize casinos in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Willing to shell out big bucks trying to legalize casinos in Georgia? Then be willing to admit just how much money you’ve spent, according to a state...

1/11/2016

article Casino advocates are going to gamble on Georgia voters
(Georgia) -- Casino gaming advocates have decided to push for a statewide voter referendum later this year, essentially abandoning efforts for now to also pass enabling...
article Georgia voters most concerned about gambling and marijuana, poll reveals
(Georgia) -- As state lawmakers return to Gold Dome to begin the 40-day session of 2016, a new newspaper poll reveals that a majority of Georgia voters desire favorable...
article Get your copy of Georgia casino study committee’s final report
(Georgia) -- The special study committee that was ostensibly created to study ways to save the HOPE scholarship and quickly turned into a study committee on legalizing...

1/10/2016

article Cobb lawmakers discuss the big issues of 2016 session
(Georgia) -- Georgia’s Legislature is slated to gavel into session on Monday, but with all state lawmakers up for re-election this year and a presidential primary...
article Religious freedom, education, gambling bills top 2016 agenda
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers return to the Capitol in Atlanta on Monday, kicking off the 2016 legislative session. Here’s a look at some of the top issues...
article Residents, legislators talk issues at town hall meeting
(Georgia) -- A crowd of about 50 people showed up Saturday at a town hall meeting set by legislators to discuss topics including education, gaming and medical marijuana...

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