Another bill on horse racing arrives

The push to bring pari-mutuel betting on horses to Georgia has lead to the introduction of additional legislation in the state House.

Rep. Harry Geisinger, a Republican from Roswell, is introducing House Bill 1168, a measure that would create the Georgia Racing Commission and establish how pari-mutuel betting in Georgia would be regulated.

Last month, Geisinger introduced HB 1177, a constitutional amendment to let voters decide whether they want horse racing and pari-mutuel betting  in their communities.

Geisinger, chair of the House Equine Industry Study Committee, is promoting horse racing as a jobs-creator.

He said the new legislation will allow Georgia to have one of the most benevolent horse racing systems in the country.

If the constitutional maendment were approved, a nine-member Georgia Horse Racing Commission would ensure that all pari-mutuel wagering is conducted in accordance with Georgia law at licensed horse racetracks and satellite facilities, he said.

Horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering are legal in 38 states and have a combined annual impact nationally of $39 billion, according to information provided by Geisinger.

11 comments Add your comment


February 17th, 2010
11:06 am

If we can have a law that allows local communities to decide on horse racing (a subject near to my heart as a native Kentuckian), why can’t we have a law to allow local communities to vote on Sunday alcohol sales? If we do have horse tracks with racing on Sundays, will people be able to buy a drink at the track, too?


February 17th, 2010
11:38 am

Cliff- This state picks and chooses what vices you’re allowed to partake in.

professional skeptic

February 17th, 2010
12:14 pm

So… no casinos in Atlanta but horse racing is OK?

The Circle H

February 17th, 2010
12:41 pm

If you want to see the bill, which is in first reader status (so a long way from from becoming law) you can visit if the link doesnt work google “georgia general assembly legislative search” and search for hb-1168 Unfortunately, this bill wont stand a chance until someone can prove John The Baptist was a jockey or horse trainer.

General Sherman

February 17th, 2010
12:46 pm

The good baptist will not allow this bill,they control all the politicians. They believe that you will go to hell if you drink,smoke and so on. SO DO NOT GET YOUR HOPES UP.

Rob Vinson

February 17th, 2010
5:16 pm

Let’s have us a Keeneland right here in GA….gambling and boozing….all day!!!!


February 22nd, 2010
8:07 am

Won’t happen…just like the casino’s….cuts into the Lottery Commissions bonuses.


February 24th, 2010
9:45 am

The People in our state aren’t smart enough and will vote this amendment down (assuming it even gets through the legislature). They’ll prefer having their taxes increased instead. Heaven forbid a horse track might exist for people that would like to gamble.

Also from Ky

February 25th, 2010
12:51 pm

You guys talking Keeneland make me homesick! If run like Keeneland, it’s clean, honest, above board. Go Cats.


March 5th, 2010
2:56 pm

I am very happy about this proposal and would love the opportunity to vote in favor of horse racing and pari mutuel waging in Georgia. Stay on your legislators to give us the opportunity. I can already imagine ripping up those tickets in my home state.


July 26th, 2010
10:03 pm

I hate to say it but this is already dead in the water , no way without a push by TVG , DRF Bloodshorse and other media to runs ads, give the people a chance to vote on it or give us internet betting .
since these clowns Baptist won’t allow
the church money put in the kitty on Sundayd will be depleated . no way this happens in our lifetime in Ga Bible belt . wake up we suck in Ga damm politicians and …you know what