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A New Effort to Legalize Betting on Horse Racing: A Talk with Rep. Harry Geisinger

In a photo provided by Churchill Downs, jockey Joel Rosario, center, celebrates his win aboard Orb in the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Churchill Downs, Reed Palmer Photography)
In a photo provided by Churchill Downs, jockey Joel Rosario, center, celebrates his win aboard Orb in the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Churchill Downs, Reed Palmer Photography)
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Despite several failed attempts in recent years, supporters of legalizing horse race betting in Georgia have already filed legislation for the upcoming 2015-16 session of the General Assembly.  

A proposed constitutional amendment would make parimutuel wagering legal, while a companion bill would set up the structure to administer and supervise the industry.  

WABE’s Denis O’Hayer spoke with Rep. Harry Geisinger (R-Roswell), the chief sponsor of the legislation.

(Note:  WABE also requested a comment from Gov. Nathan Deal, who has consistently stated his opposition to expanding legalized gambling in the state.  After we spoke with Rep. Geisinger, a spokeswoman for the Governor sent this statement:  ”If it is pre-filed, then it is pending legislation, and we do not comment on pending legislation.”)Broadcast VersionExpanded Version

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