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Double Or Nothing! Georgia Commissioner Advocates For Statewide Casinos And Sports Betting

Henry County Commission Chair, Carlotta Harrell, made a compelling case for legalized sports betting and casino gambling in Georgia.

Henry County Commission Chair Carlotta Harrell made a case for legalized sports betting and casino gambling in Georgia during a public comment session before the Senate Economic Development & Tourism Committee, according to MHF News. Sponsored by Sen. Carden Summers, R-Cordele, Senate Resolution 538 proposes a referendum for Georgia voters to decide on the legalization of sports betting and casinos throughout the state. If approved by the Legislature, the resolution will appear on the November ballot, with the potential to take effect in July 2025.

Harrell emphasized the significant economic impact such a measure could have on Henry County, citing, “Henry County is the fastest growing county in the state and is proudly home to the Atlanta Motor Speedway,” Harrell said. “With a population of over 250,000 residents, long-term economic sustainment is a critical topic for our county.”

Highlighting the economic success of legalized gambling in neighboring states, Harrell argued that the proposed legislation could bring substantial benefits to Georgia. She noted that surrounding states have experienced economic impacts exceeding $19 million from legalized gambling.

“Approval of this legislation from both the General Assembly and the citizens of Georgia would significantly boost the number of visitors to the region, thus benefiting local business owners and industries across the region,” said Harrell.

Harrell received support from various officials and individuals advocating for the resolution. Senate Resolution 538 successfully passed the Senate Economic Development & Tourism Committee, marking a crucial step forward. The resolution is now set to be considered by the Senate Rules Committee, which will determine scheduling for a floor vote. If passed by voters in November, the resolution could shape Georgia’s approach to sports betting and casino gambling, bringing potential economic benefits to the state and its counties.

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