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Prop up state halls of fame with video gambling, says Macon Democrat

You might want to file this under “ideas whose time haven’t yet come.” From the Macon Telegraph:

State Sen. Robert Brown wants to keep the Georgia music and sports halls of fame in Macon, and he is proposing propping up the finances for the two museums by putting video gambling machines inside.

Specific details of his proposal will come out in a Senate bill next week, according to a statement from Brown’s office, but basically, he wants the museums to partner with the Georgia Lottery Corp. to put video gambling machines in little-used spaces of the 43,000-square-foot museums.

A pair of museums, livened up by gambling, should mean “downtown Macon businesses will benefit from the increased people traffic to what will be a unique and fresh entertainment district,” Brown, D-Macon, said in the statement.

It’s too late in the legislative session for passage this year, as Brown admitted, but he pointed out that his idea will be alive for debate next January.

Brown has …

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Your morning jolt: The return of video poker — or something like it

Georgia prosecutors are giving a suspicious eye to a bill that’s already half-way to becoming law, on the grounds that it might ease the way for the return of video poker to the state – or something like it.

But the author of the House bill, state Rep. Matt Ramsey, R-Peachtree City, said his intentions are just the opposite – he wants to “eviscerate” a new form of gambling that has snuck into the state under the cover of “Internet cafes.”

He said he’s ready to discuss any problems with the measure, which is now in the Senate.

HB 164 passed on Crossover Day with a lopsided vote of 166 to 2. But the legislation moved through the House Ways and Means Committee rather than one of the two judiciary committees that prosecutors watch closely — one possible reason for the surprise it has prompted.

The bill allows the state revenue commissioner to levy a $75 licensing fee on coin-operated machines. But it also allows winners of amusement machine games to receive gift …

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