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Georgia Lawmaker Proposes Casinos

15 February 2011 by admin

savannahRight now, Georgia is best known for its peaches, horrible Atlanta traffic, having to borrow water from Florida and being attacked by Russia (oops, sorry, that was the other Georgia). Though the state has a decent tourism industry, it’s certainly not known as a gambling destination.

After all, aside from some casino cruise ships and the state lottery, there’s no gambling to be had there. One state lawmaker wants to change that, though, by designating some of the popular tourist areas as “Special Entertainment Zones.” Doing so could allow video gambling to be added to the areas.

Representative Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) has introduced legislation in the House that would amend the constitution to allow casino-style gambling in those Special Entertainment Zones. The biggest tourist areas in the state are being targeted for those zones, including Savannah, Hutchinson Island, Jekyll Island and Lake Lanier.

Stephens wants to use the revenue generated from gambling to fund things like education and after-school programs. There is currently one area designated as a Special Entertainment Zone – Underground Atlanta – though there are no gambling games there yet. Stephens wants a casino to be built in that area, close to the Georgia Dome.

At Hutchinson Island, the location of the International Trade Center, Stephens would not extend the Special Entertainment Zone to the waterways around the island. That way, the many cruise ships in the marina would not be able to compete with casinos on the land.

As you can expect in a conservative state, opposition has spoken out against Stephenson’s plans, most vocally from the Christian Coalition. Of the secular voices, you can expect the loudest outcry come from the plans to add casino games to Savannah. The city is a major tourist attraction because of its beauty, rich culture and historic buildings. While it’s true that not all of Savannah is Historic Savannah, the historic district is what everyone thinks of when they hear the name of the city, and few (if any ) people would want to see casinos put in Historic Savannah.

Previously, some lawmakers have tried to install video gambling machines at Underground Atlanta, but found no success. In addition to Stephens’s bill, a separate bill introduced by Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell) would expand legalized gambling. That bill has yet to be debated by the House Regulated Industries Committee. If either of the bills start to pick up steam, expect the anti-gambling debates to heat up in Georgia, especially regarding the plan to include gambling in Savannah.

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