Racing Legislation Clears GA Committee

Bill would allow locals to vote on whether horse racing should come to Georgia.

Legislation that would allow Georgians to vote on whether horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering should be brought to the Peach State passed out of the Regulated Industries Committee on a unanimous vote March 2.

“Horse racing legislation has never made it this far,” said Ed Gadrix, president and executive director of the Georgia Equine Education Project. Last year, horse racing legislation never advanced past committee and therefore did not have the opportunity to be approved by the House or Senate.

The legislation, which was filed by Republican Rep. Henry Geisinger Feb. 8, will now move on to the Rules Committee and, if approved, it is expected to move to the House floor the week of March 7. 

“For horse racing in Georgia this was a very big day, but we have hurdles to hurdle,” Gadrix said.

If the bill should advance to the House floor, it would need 120 of 180 votes in order to advance to the Senate.