Casino supporters look to next legislative session
ATLANTA (AP) – Georgians will not get casino gambling approved during this legislative session, but that isn’t stopping some lawmakers from looking ahead.
Legislation that would have allowed up to four casinos to operate in Georgia died in the House of Representatives last week, but casino supporters feel things are moving in the right direction. Sponsoring Rep. Ron Stephens, a Savannah Republican, said he expected the bill to die. He also said pushing the bill could be up to a three-year process, with the end goal aimed at fully funding the HOPE scholarship.
Even if passed by the House and Senate, Gov. Nathan Deal has strongly opposed casino gambling.
Those opposing casino gambling have cited crime and bankruptcy among their reasons for not supporting the legislation.