Letter to the Editor: Say No to Pari-Mutuel Wagering
More gambling not needed in Georgia.
This alert comes with a warning of an upcoming issue we will be facing in our state. The following link will explain more fully my great concern that we are moving closer to having to deal with the issue of expanded gambling in our state.
On the 40th and last day of the General Assembly session, April 14, 2011, at 7:36 p.m., the members of the House of Representatives were asked to vote on a list of uncontested resolutions. There were eight resolutions voted on as a group. The vote totals were: Yea 157, Nay 7, Not Voting 13, and Excused 3.
In that group of eight uncontested resolutions (which was the 365th vote of the 40-day session) was HR 643. When this batch of resolutions passed, it authorized the Speaker of the House to appoint a “House Study Committee on the Horse Racing Industry; and for other purposes,” to report and publish their findings and recommendations which may include suggestions for proposed legislation no later than December 31, 2011, at which time the committee will be abolished.
I see this as a serious attempt to bring pari-mutuel wagering at horse tracks into our state. Now is the time to contact your representative and senator to let them know we do not need or want expanded gambling in Georgia.
We know from across the country today that horse racing tracks must have casinos attached to them to make them show a profit. We oppose pari-mutuel wagering of any type and also oppose the establishment of casinos in Georgia.
The time for our voice to be heard on this issue is now. Contact your senator and representative on this issue. They can be found by going to www.legis.ga.gov
Thank you for being a partner with us as we stand for the moral right.
Ray Newman, State Missionary
Specialist Ethics and Public Affairs
Georgia Baptist Convention