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Georgia inches closer to gaming regulation

Niji Narayan

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The Congress of Georgia State will discourse a project to systematise the gaming industry this year.

The local gaming industry could be regulated by the State of Georgia, as legislators are debating a project targeting to legalise the flourishing of the casino industry. However, casino defenders must face immense hostility statewide, who have been holding several campaigns against gaming legislation for the regional inhabitants.

There was an attempt last year to legalise the casino industry. A measure was introduced by the state senator Brandon Beach (R-District 21) and House Economic Development and Tourism Chairman, Ron Stephen (R-Savannah) however, the bill did not find favour. The measure would have created “duties of the Georgia Gaming Commission to authorise the licensing of up to two destination resorts” with casinos in the state.

“I’ll try every way in the world to try to get it done,” said Stephen. “But about half the folks in the Senate are running for something else. Anything that even sounds controversial is going to be a tough sell.”

But, then Councillor Judy Thomas one of the officials who restricted the casino brought to notice that the latest attempt at legalising gambling in the state wouldn’t have allowed South Columbus to acquire a casino simply because it was not eligible due to its low population. “If that bill were to pass, the only places that we could have casinos in Georgia would be in the Atlanta area, and in Savannah,” said Thomas.

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