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.