Senate Bill 79 by Senator Brandon Beach on the gambling legalization in the state of Georgia did not receive a sufficient number of votes in the House committee. It may not be possible to reconsider the bill until 2018.
The author of the bill declared about plans to continue work on the improvement of the bill to introduce it in 2018. If the project fails the next year as well, Senator intends to submit the question of the gambling legalization in the state to the referendum.
Bill No. 79 provides for the gambling legalization in the state and the construction of two casinos. one casino was assumed to be located in the county with a population of over 900 thousand people, and the other – in a smaller county with 250 thousand inhabitants.
As the construction site of the first casino the following cities were considered: Fulton, Clayton, DeKalb, Gwinnett or Cobb, while a second casino was to be located 30 miles from the Georgia International Convention Center.
Under the bill, 30% of tax revenues from the casino was to go to the HOPE scholarship program of the United States, 30% — to a needs-based college scholarship and 15% – to the rural trauma car, another 15% —to rural healthcare.
According to the study, residents of Georgia spend on gambling in other US states about $600 million annually.