Gambling-Legalization Effort in Georgia Fails for Second Year Running

Bill faced opposition from Christian groups and some business groups

Lobbyists and lawmakers in the Georgia Capitol in March 2016. A bill to legalize gambling in Georgia failed to get of committee Monday and the bill can’t be revisited until next year.PHOTO: JASON GETZ/ASSOCIATED PRESS

By Chris Kirkham
Feb. 27, 2017

Efforts to legalize casinos in Georgia, one of the last major regional markets that is off limits to gambling, came to a halt Monday when legislators failed to get a bill out of committee.

Legislation has to move forward by the end of this week, meaning a casino bill can’t be revisited until next year. Gambling is barred under Georgia’s constitution, but major casino corporations in recent years have viewed the state as a ripe opportunity for growth in the U.S.

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