House delays vote on casinos, effectively killing effort

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ATLANTA (AP) — An effort to bring casino gambling to Georgia has been postponed, effectively killing the proposal as lawmakers near a key deadline.

House Speaker David Ralston announced Monday that proposals to allow up to four casinos around the state would not get a House floor vote.

Monday marks the 30th day of the legislative session. Bills must pass at least one chamber by that date to have a chance of passage, though there are some ways around that.

The bill was originally scheduled for debate last Friday, but was pushed to Monday.

At the time, Ralston urged lawmakers to go back to their districts and discuss the legislation with constituents, in order for their wishes to be taken into account.

Supporters argued casino revenue would help Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship program.

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