Georgia Regroups in Pursuit of Racing
Effort falls short in 2015 but advanced farther than ever this spring
Only two votes prevented Georgia residents from getting the chance in 2016 to vote on a constitutional amendment to legalize pari-mutuel wagering, an issue that polls suggest a strong majority support.
However, no actual voting took place.
A straw poll conducted by lobbyists for the Georgia Horse Racing Coalition revealed that 36 senators supported the bill that would put the amendment on the ballot. A two-thirds majority, or 38 votes, was needed, and 10 senators were undecided.