Let Georgia voters decide on horse racing, betting

Should horse racing and pari mutuel betting be allowed in Georgia?
There has been talk about that issue in our state for a couple of decades or more, but there has never been enough support for the issue to put it on the ballot and let the people decide.
On Friday, the Senate Study Committee on Horse Racing met at the state Capitol in Atlanta. Among those at that meeting was Cowetan Hal Barry of the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition. He favors horse racing in Georgia.
Horse racing likely has more support in our state today than ever before. Before it can become a reality a constitutional amendment would have to be approved by the people. Before voters can decide, the Georgia General Assembly must pass a resolution calling for the amendment to be put on the ballot. That resolution would require a two-thirds majority in both the House and Senate.
Apparently the idea before the Senate committee is to muster enough support to get the constitutional amendment on the November 2014 ballot.
While the climate has changed about gambling issues and horse racing in our state, it still may be difficult to get the two-third majority in both the House and the Senate to get the measure on the ballot in 2014.
We would like to see the measure put on the ballot and Georgia voters get to decide the issue. The revenue generated by horse racing and pari mutuel betting could be a significant revenue stream for our state.


More Opinion

Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: REALLY?!?: Grantville has a new police chief, the third one in about as many yea ... Read More


Georgia Says

The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle on the Affordable Care Act: A private foundation issued a report claiming 20 million Americans "gained cover ... Read More


‘Murder in Coweta’ has continual silver lining

The killing of farmhand William Turner in 1948 was a tragedy. Turner, who was using the name Wilson Turner, was a young husband and father. ... Read More


Rants, Raves & Really?!?

RAVE: To Alex Ogletree for giving back to his alma mater, Newnan High. Ogletree gave $5,000 to upgrade the NHS weight room. The NFL gave a m ... Read More


Georgia Says

Savannah Morning News on healthy use for food stamps: The nation's welfare system often does a better job of keeping some families in povert ... Read More

Congressional cooperation can bring better government

There are a lot of smart people in the U.S. Congress. A 2011 study by the Congressional Research Service showed members of the House include ... Read More