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Mon Feb 18, 2019, 11:18 PM

Horse Racing Bill Filed as Constitutional Amendment, "Rural Georgia Jobs and Growth Act"

Legislation filed in the Georgia State Senate would regulate pari-mutuel horse racing in the state for a handful of licensed equestrian centers approved by a newly-created Commission.

Senate Bill 45 would create the Georgia Horse Racing Commission, which would report to the General Assembly, and allow for wagering on horse races. Sponsored by Senators Brandon Beach, Burt Jones, Jeff Mullis, Ed Harbison, Emanuel Jones, and Freddie Powell Sims, the bill has been assigned to the Senate Economic Development and Tourism Committee. It is accompanied by a Constitutional Amendment – SR 84 – which means it would have be approved by voters.

The legislation, which has the support of Republicans and Democrats, reads that the wagering from horse racing would “support the state’s agricultural, tourism, and convention businesses, and enhance state revenues.”

Horse racing facilities and licenses for operation would not be allowed unless the county where the track is to be located has voted to approve the statewide constitutional amendment referendum to allow for pari-mutuel wagering. So, if the amendment passes on the Georgia ballot but the county did not approve it as a majority, that county is not eligible for the investment of the facility. The exception is if it is approved by a local referendum.

Read more: http://evans.allongeorgia.com/georgia-state-politics/horse-racing-bill-filed-as-constitutional-amendment-rural-georgia-jobs-and-growth-act/

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