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SB 0079 - Gambling - Georgia Destination Resort Act
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Tracking Level: Neutral
Sponsor: Brandon Beach (R)
Last Action: 1/30/2017 - Senate Read and Referred
Senate Committee: Regulated Industries and Utilities
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

This legislation, mirroring HB 158, legalizes gambling in Georgia.  Two casino licenses will be granted.  One license will be granted within a county having a population of at least 900,000, will be at least a $2 billion investment, located in a convention district and have a hotel with at least 1000 guest rooms.  The other license will be granted within a county with at least 250,000 people, be at least a $450 million investment, and located near a convention district. Casinos can be open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and will pay a 20-percent tax on gross receipts - 70 percent of proceeds go to the HOPE scholarship and 30 percent will go to a needs-based college scholarship.  .  .          

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