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The state of Georgia is not exactly a gambler’s paradise. A very conservative state aside from Atlanta and a couple other “blue” pockets, the only legal gambling to be found down here is the state lottery.

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10/22/2019

article $1B Atlanta Motor Speedway Casino Resort Proposed, Peach State Gaming Battle Off to Races
(Georgia) -- Owners of the Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) are prepared to invest $1 billion to transform the property into a major casino resort complex that would feature...
article Atlanta Motor Speedway launches official proposal to add a resort casino
(Georgia) -- In the southern state of Georgia and the boss for the Atlanta Motor Speedway has reportedly announced that he would like to bring a resort casino complete...
article Atlanta Motor Speedway may get a casino
(Georgia) -- The first rule of business is that you always have to be looking to take operations to a new level in order to stay fresh. Those who don’t will...

10/21/2019

article Excitement is high to expand gambling in Georgia, but so is skepticism
(Georgia) -- A Georgia House panel that met three times last week to study whether to expand gambling didn’t start its hearings with the traditional invocation...

10/17/2019

article Casino, horse racing reps pitch gambling to Georgia House panel
(Georgia) -- Georgia has yet to expand legal gambling beyond the lottery, but that isn’t stopping a three-day parade of representatives from the world’s...
article Lawmakers hear arguments for, against gambling
(Georgia) -- Lawmakers are weighing the pros and cons of legalized gambling, but ultimately, it’s up to voters to decide. A constitutional amendment could bring...

10/16/2019

article Lawmakers push for expansion of legal gambling
(Georgia) -- Your state lawmakers are thinking of taking a gamble on more gambling in Georgia. Horses, casinos, and sports betting!
article Special economic committee discusses gaming in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers held a series of meetings this week at the state capitol to look at the potential of launching a gaming industry in the state. The House...

10/15/2019

article Casino, horse racing reps pitch gambling to Georgia House panel
(Georgia) -- Georgia has yet to expand legal gambling beyond the lottery, but that isn’t stopping a three-day parade of representatives from the world’s gaming industry...
article Sports betting could be legalized in Georgia during the next General Assembly session
(Georgia) -- In 2020 Georgia’s General Assembly may take up the question of whether to legalize sports betting. That comes after the U.S. Supreme Court this spring said...

10/11/2019

article Georgia’s Got Sports Betting On Its Mind
(Georgia) -- If recent media reports are any indication, sports betting seems to be very much at the front of the minds of Georgians. Just this week, a state Senate...

10/10/2019

article Constitutional amendment could smooth legal betting in GA
(Georgia) -- Georgia’s deputy legislative counsel, D. Stuart Morelli stated that an amendment to legalise sports betting in the state may not be required, but is...
article Industry pushes for mobile betting in Georgia hearing
(Georgia) -- A Georgia Senate committee studying gambling has heard presentations and testimony from a series of industry stakeholders, including suggestions for a...

10/9/2019

article Georgia voters just got more likely to get a say on any sports betting law
(Georgia) -- There’s been an idea that next year, Georgia lawmakers might OK sports betting via a simple majority legislative vote and new law. But a new legal...

10/8/2019

article Former Georgia lawmaker’s lobbying firm backs Braves sports bet play
(Georgia) -- Shortly after the 2018 legislative session ended, a lobbying firm announced the hiring of a longtime Powder Springs Republican lawmaker who had decided he...
article Georgia explores legalizing sports betting, horse racing through study
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers are debating the financial implications of legalizing sports betting and horse racing in the state. The Senate Gaming and Pari-mutuel...

9/9/2019

article Georgia Gaming Fight Intensifies, as State Lawmakers Continue Arguing Potential Benefits and Harms
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers have varying opinions regarding the potential benefits and drawbacks of legalizing certain forms of gambling, and the heated fight is...

9/8/2019

article Gambling’s success in Georgia would likely depend on form it took
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers are once again looking at gambling to bring in more money to help fund the HOPE scholarship. But what form it took would determine how...

9/5/2019

article Gambling’s success in Georgia would likely depend on form it took
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers are once again looking at gambling to bring in more money to help fund the HOPE scholarship. But what form it took would determine how...
article Gambling’s success in Georgia would likely depend on form it took
(Georgia) -- Georgia lawmakers are once again looking at gambling to bring in more money to help fund the HOPE scholarship. But what form it took would determine how...

9/3/2019

article With Georgia gambling legislation likely, no agreement yet on the spoils
(Georgia) -- When it comes to gaming, the odds are always in the house’s favor — so when the government taxes the house, it’s a win for the government...

9/2/2019

article With Georgia gambling legislation likely, no agreement yet on the spoils
(Georgia) -- When it comes to gaming, the odds are always in the house’s favor — so when the government taxes the house, it’s a win for the government...

8/27/2019

article Senate panel begins looking at expanding gambling in Georgia
(Georgia) -- Improved performance by high schoolers and rising tuition have strained the Georgia Lottery-funded HOPE scholarship, officials told a panel of state...
article State Lawmakers Renew Consideration of Casinos, Horse Racing, Sports Betting
(Georgia) -- Georgia state lawmakers are looking at new kinds of gambling in the state, including casinos, horse-racing and sports betting. A state senate study...

8/23/2019

article A new front in Georgia’s fight over gambling: Sports betting
(Georgia) -- The fight over gambling that’s about to begin in the state Capitol may look like the same tired confrontation that we’ve seen year after year...

8/22/2019

article Call for budget cuts spurs panel to explore expanding gambling in Ga.
(Georgia) -- When House Speaker David Ralston recently announced a new committee to look for ways to increase state revenue, the makeup of it made clear that casinos...

8/3/2019

article Opinion: Ga. should ban video gambling machines
(Georgia) -- There’s a photo I keep with me. It’s of a young mother playing a video gambling machine while her baby sits in an infant carrier behind her back...

7/19/2019

article Georgia Department of Revenue agent charged in gambling investigation
(Georgia) -- An agent with the Georgia Department of Revenue is now charged with violating the state’s RICO Act for bribery as part of a continued gambling...

7/10/2019

article Defense Lawyers Say Macon DA's Call for New Law Means Gaming Machines Are Legal
(Georgia) -- The first lawyers to successfully challenge Macon Circuit District Attorney David Cooke’s practice of pursuing gambling charges against businesses...

7/8/2019

article Macon Judicial Circuit DA seeking to ban commercial gambling machines
(Georgia) -- Macon Judicial Circuit District Attorney David Cooke on Monday called commercial gambling machines a "cancer on our society" and called for...

6/28/2019

article Augusta’s strict gambling laws could benefit from a relaxed British approach
(Georgia) -- Georgia’s second largest city Augusta has a history to be proud of and rightly so. Among a whole host of feats it has been home to one of the most...

6/19/2019

article Justice Dept. continues review of online lottery sales
(Georgia) -- Georgia officials must wait longer before the federal government determines whether the current online lottery here and in other states are legal. U.S....

4/3/2019

article Georgia lawmakers pass resolutions on gambling, offshore drilling
(Georgia) -- Legalized gambling in Georgia was a non-starter in the General Assembly again this year. But Senate backers of casinos and pari-mutuel betting on horse...
article Georgia Senate creates committee to study gambling
(Georgia) -- After a bill that would have paved the way for horse racing in Georgia stalled in the Senate, the chamber voted Tuesday to create a committee to study...
article State Senate to explore bringing gambling to Georgia
(Georgia) -- In the state known for peaches and peanuts, gambling hasn’t always been a popular subject. That has been changing, though, as Georgia lawmakers have...

3/20/2019

article GBI Make Arrest in Cartersville Gambling Scheme
(Georgia) -- On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, the GBI’s Commercial Gambling Unit, along with the Bartow-Cartersville Drug Task Force and in cooperation with the Georgia...
article GBI: Cartersville store illegally paid cash to amusement machine winners
(Georgia) -- State and county police charged three people Tuesday after they found evidence a Cartersville retailer was giving illegal cash payouts to amusement machine...

3/10/2019

article Georgia Casino Backers, Landowners Bust In State Legislature's Crossover Day
(Georgia) -- Proponents of legalized casino gambling in Georgia have crapped out for the year. A push by state Rep. Ron Stephens to put a referendum before Georgia...

3/8/2019

article Crossover Day marks key milestone for Georgia lawmakers
(Georgia) -- Georgia’s Legislature is only in session for 40 days each year, giving lawmakers little time to get the business of the state done. With such a tight...
article Gambling, religious freedom among Crossover Day victims
(Georgia) -- Several of the most controversial bills introduced in the General Assembly this year failed to make it through either chamber on Thursday's Crossover...
article Georgia Casino Backers, Landowners Bust In State Legislature's Crossover Day
(Georgia) -- Proponents of legalized casino gambling in Georgia have crapped out for the year. A push by state Rep. Ron Stephens to put a referendum before Georgia...

3/6/2019

article Lawmaker wants to tie casino vote to Georgia Lottery
(Georgia) -- He has pushed for years to change state law to allow for casinos to come to Georgia, but his latest effort could spell the end of the state's lottery....

3/4/2019

article Horse Racing In Georgia? Maybe -- Place Your Bets
(Georgia) -- The thoroughbred racing industry has never gotten much traction in Georgia because of the anti-gambling faction or, in other words, the ubiquitous church...
article Lawmaker wants to tie casino vote to Georgia Lottery
(Georgia) -- He has pushed for years to change state law to allow for casinos to come to Georgia, but his latest effort could spell the end of the state's lottery....

3/3/2019

article Breakdown: Georgia’s Casino Proposal Has No Specifics
(Georgia) -- A committee in the Georgia House of Representatives gave a stamp of approval on a measure that would allow casinos to operate in the peach state and the...

3/1/2019

article Effort to put casino question to Georgia voters sails through House panel
(Georgia) -- A day after getting the House speaker’s tentative blessing, a proposal to ask Georgians if they believe the state should allow casino gambling could...
article Georgia Governor acquiesces to casino-friendly constitutional amendment
(Georgia) -- The newly-elected Republican Governor for Georgia, Brian Kemp (pictured), has reportedly announced that he does not intend to block efforts that could see...

2/27/2019

article Talks of opening a casino in Augusta?
(Georgia) -- Georgia could be inching closer to a plan to legalize gambling. The governor says even though he doesn't love the idea, he won't stand in the way....

2/26/2019

article Gov. Kemp opposes gambling, but would let voters decide on casinos
(Georgia) -- Gov. Brian Kemp said he remains a staunch opponent of legalized gambling, but signaled he won’t stand in the way of a constitutional amendment that...

2/20/2019

article Georgia Senate committee signs off on plan to add horse racing, expand gambling
(Georgia) -- A Georgia Senate committee signed off on a plan to bring horse racing to the state, another attempt in a five-year effort to expand gambling. State Sen....
article Proposal to allow horse racing in Georgia clears Senate panel
(Georgia) -- Georgia has taken a step toward allowing horse racing in the state. A Senate panel on Wednesday gave approval to a bill that would allow up to three horse-...

1/4/2019

article Middle Georgia airport leaders eying more casino resort destinations
(Georgia) -- The popularity of casino resorts chartered flights out of Middle Georgia Regional Airport is leading to a trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey, in January....

11/16/2018

article Tybee Island commission to review casino boat plan
(Georgia) -- The Tybee Island Planning Commission is set to review a site plan that could pave the way for the Jacks or Better casino boat to begin operating near the...

10/24/2018

article Poll: Legislation brews, marketing has launched, but do GA casinos have a chance?
(Georgia) -- For at least the past decade, Georgians and their elected officials have debated the merits and pitfalls of casino gambling in Atlanta, although little...

10/21/2018

article Georgia Landowners Actively Courting Casinos In Anticipation Of Gambling Legalization
(Georgia) -- A veteran commercial real estate executive has been tapped by a host of Georgia landowners to market their properties to casino operators. City Commercial...

10/19/2018

article Georgia Landowners Actively Courting Casinos In Anticipation Of Gambling Legalization
(Georgia) -- A veteran commercial real estate executive has been tapped by a host of Georgia landowners to market their properties to casino operators.

9/27/2018

article Tribe said to be interested in pursuing a casino in Georgia
(Georgia) -- A "Cherokee" tribe is said to be interested in pursuing a casino in Georgia, according to The Jackson Herald. The paper said a 1,000-acre site in...

8/21/2018

article Tybee residents, planning commission unsure of new casino boat company
(Georgia) -- Tybee Island leaders are considering allowing a casino cruise boat to dock and do business off its coast. At a planning meeting Monday night, leaders said...

8/11/2018

article EDITORIAL: State rep renews casino push, proposes ‘mega-entertainment venues’
(Georgia) -- Ron Stephens is ready to go all-in on casino resorts, including one here in Savannah. His hand is strong. The longtime local state representative has...

8/5/2018

article Casino gambling in Georgia will again come under legislative consideration
(Georgia) -- The long-shot possibility of casino gambling in Georgia will again come under legislative consideration with word that Republican State Rep. Ron Stephens,...

8/4/2018

article New Georgia Push For Legalized Gambling Includes 3 Billion-Dollar Casino Resorts
(Georgia) -- The political father of Georgia's generous tax credits for TV and movie production in Georgia has another vision: three multibillion-dollar resorts...

8/3/2018

article Next Georgia governor will face new push for casino projects
(Georgia) -- If at first you don't succeed, sweeten the pot. That seems to be the strategy from state Rep. Ron Stephens, the Savannah Republican who has tried...

8/2/2018

article Poll: Should Georgia (and ITP Atlanta) welcome billion-dollar casinos, gambling?
(Georgia) -- What God-fearing Georgian doesn’t want to shoot dice and play cards to earn some extra scratch? Right? Legally, of course. Well, as it turns out,...

7/19/2018

article Report calls casinos unreliable revenue source; supporters undeterred
(Georgia) -- Lawmakers hoping to expand gambling in Georgia are not deterred by a recent report that found promises of financial fixes for state budgets often fall short...

6/13/2018

article Could sports betting actually make its way to Georgia?
(Georgia) -- People in Georgia haven't abstained from sports betting because it is illegal. Despite a law preventing states from legalizing single-game sports...

6/2/2018

article Local legislators shaky on sports betting legalization
(Georgia) -- In 1993, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992 took effect. The federal law, sometimes called PASPA or the Bradley Act, made betting on...

5/9/2018

article Are Georgia casinos worth the gamble for education?
(Georgia) -- Other than my daily commute on I-285, I’m not fond of gambling. Or am I? I buy a lottery ticket every week. For $2, it’s a cheap source of hope...

5/7/2018

article Georgia 2018: Evans bets on gambling as new divide in gov race
(Georgia) -- Trailing in the polls three weeks before the race, Democrat Stacey Evans tried to raise the stakes Monday by emphasizing her support for casino gambling to...

5/3/2018

article For gaming in Georgia, the magic numbers are 120 and 38
(Georgia) -- Casino operators know Georgia is an obviously great frontier for potential gaming development. The challenge is cobbling together a plan that satisfies...

3/30/2018

article Legalized gambling backers to pitch ‘racino’ to Georgia lawmakers [sub req]
(Georgia) -- For more than a decade, supporters of legalizing casino gambling and pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in Georgia have pitched their projects separately...

3/21/2018

article Legalized gambling supporters in Georgia vowing legislation in 2019
(Georgia) -- Supporters of casino gambling and pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in Georgia are laying the groundwork for next year's General Assembly session...

2/9/2018

article Casino companies show some Georgia candidates the money
(Georgia) -- Casino giants hoping to bring a Las Vegas-style resort to Atlanta are chipping in to Georgia political campaigns. MGM Resorts International, which envisions...

1/6/2018

article At Issue: Should Georgia voters decide on casino gambling?
(Georgia) -- As the state gears up for the next Legislative session, lobbyists are putting together game plans to get their cause noticed. Once again, casino gambling...

1/5/2018

article Georgia Casino Legislation Might Already be Dead in 2018
(Georgia) -- I live in Georgia. It’s a nice place to live, but man is it devoid of any sort of poker action. There is no legal gambling here except for the lottery...

1/3/2018

article Kiesha Lance Bottoms on casinos
(Georgia) -- Keisha Lance Bottoms made her debut as Atlanta’s 60th mayor on Tuesday. From the mainbar by the AJC’s Stephen Deere:
article Stalled progress doesn’t dampen supporters’ hope for casinos in Georgia
(Georgia) -- After years of trying to bring casino gambling to Georgia, talk of getting legislation passed this year to do so has all but stalled as lawmakers prepare to...

11/23/2017

article Is there a future for gambling in Augusta?
(Georgia) -- The complicated stance on gambling taken by local governments across America could have limited life, with more dialogue than ever, as well as a pro-...

11/11/2017

article Rome leaders target gambling
(Georgia) -- You can guess there’s illegal gambling going on, Rome City Commissioner Bill Collins said, when there’s a parking lot full of cars but no...

11/10/2017

article Poll: Georgia voters support casino gambling
(Georgia) -- A Georgia College & State University poll is giving casino supporters some reason to cheer. The school’s State of the State Poll found 58 percent...

10/25/2017

article Bob Wright pushing to legalize gambling in Georgia — again
(Georgia) -- Columbus businessman Bob Wright returned to Columbus Council Tuesday to request support for legislation that would legalize casino gambling in the state of...

10/24/2017

article Some Columbus City Council members supports gambling legislation
(Georgia) -- Gaming is an issue that's been brought before Columbus City Council in the past months. At Tuesday's meeting, a majority of the council voiced its...

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...

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