Two identical Atlanta casino bills have been introduced to both chambers of this state’s General Assembly, and gambling organizations over the country are readying for the legislative fight by hiring high-profile lobbyists.
It’s tough to find fertile non-gaming regions in the United States, especially in major metropolises. An Atlanta casino bill seeks to create gambling that is land-based Georgia, much to the delight of billionaire Tilman Fertitta.
The most recent name to join the push for casinos in Georgia is former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour. The Republican who served two terms leading The Magnolia State has filed lobbyist documents in Atlanta to represent the passions of Las Wynn that is vegas-based Resorts.
Barbour joining the discussion is important as a result of their friendship that is long with Georgia Governor Nathan contract (R). State lawmakers have been pressing to legalize commercial gambling in Georgia for more than a year in order to increase tax revenue.
Deal has opposed legislation that is such the last, but recently hinted he would be open for a discussion should the casino legislation mandate that most the proceeds help education, as well as the impact wouldn’t directly hurt the state’s lottery system.
The Peach State sold $4.556 billion worth of lottery tickets in 2016 though Georgia doesn’t currently have land-based tribal or commercial gambling, nor (more…)