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The Atlanta Motor Speedway released this rendering of a proposed resort/casino complex that could be built on the grounds of the Speedway if gambling is legalized in Georgia.

STOCKBRIDGE – The Stockbridge City Council has approved a resolution asking the Georgia General Assembly to let voters decide the fate of casino gaming in the state of Georgia.

The council voted unanimously in favor of the motion at Monday’s meeting. The resolution will be sent to the city’s representatives in the General Assembly, asking that the voters in the state of Georgia, not legislators under the Gold Dome, decide the fate of casino gaming in the state.

The move follows those made by the city of Hampton and the Henry County Board of Commissioners, and comes on the heels of a meeting at the Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago where the Georgia House of Representatives’ Special Committee on Economic Growth heard from members of the community.

The matter of casino gaming has been brought up especially in light of the Atlanta Motor Speedway mulling the idea of building a casino and resort on its grounds, should casino gaming be legalized in the state of Georgia.

At the committee’s meeting last month, it gave a presentation about what would be needed for the state to pass casino gaming, and potentially what would be needed for the Atlanta Motor Speedway to construct a casino and resort on the Speedway grounds.

Representatives from the Henry County government, including a number of county commissioners, were on hand at that meeting, where many community members expressed a desire to, at the very least, vote on the matter, and possibly go to Hampton for gaming, rather than travel to places such as Cherokee, North Carolina, or Biloxi, Mississippi.

Both Houses of the General Assembly would have to pass a proposed constitutional amendment, which would then go to Georgia voters, who would have the final say on whether casinos, sports betting and horse racing would be legalized in the state for the first time.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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