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Casinos, Education And Medicaid: A Talk With Ga. House Speaker Ralston

House Speaker David Ralston talked about whether he could be persuaded to support a casino bill on "Morning Edition."
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Audio version of this story here.

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), speaking with Denis O'Hayer on “Morning Edition” (Broadcast Version)

Georgia House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), speaking with Denis O'Hayer on “Morning Edition” (Expanded Version)

Supporters of legalizing casino gambling in Georgia are introducing legislation to do just that.  

The proposed constitutional amendment  and a companion bill to outline how and where casinos would operate  call for the state to put some of the money it would collect from casinos into the HOPE scholarship program.  Another share of the state’s take would go to a plan for scholarships based on need.

One key to passing the constitutional amendment and getting it before Georgia voters:  winning the support of House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, who has always been skeptical about legalizing casinos.  

On “Morning Edition,” the speaker talked with Denis O’Hayer about whether he can be persuaded to support a casino bill.  

(Note:  the expanded version also includes conversations about the state’s continued stand against expanding Medicaid, and the debate about changing the state’s funding formula for K-12 education and the Governor’s proposal to intervene in chronically-failing schools.)

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