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GA lawmaker will try again to bring pari-mutuel betting to GA

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  A Roswell legislator is betting he can bring horse racing and pari-mutuel betting to Georgia.

He'll try again to get the legislation passed in the upcoming General Assembly session. Last legislative session, Rep. Harry Geisinger's bill to bring horse racing to the Peach State didn't make it out of committee. He says it could bring as many as 10,000 jobs to Georgia. Representative Ed Rynders says the bill might get more support if south Georgia lawmakers knew it would benefit our area.

"The best chance of doing it may actually get rural legislators on board maybe to propose a track come to south Georgia which of course is one of the most economically depressed areas of the state that's something I would be interested in once we look at the legislation," said Rep. Ed Rynders, (R)-Lee County.

Geisinger would need 120 votes in the House and 91 votes in the Senate to get a constitutional amendment that would allow Georgia voters to weigh in on his form of gambling. The earliest a race track could be off and running would be 2013.

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