Lawmakers voice support for gambling proposal

ATLANTA — Some lawmakers are voicing support for a proposal by a Georgia developer to build a new gambling facility in suburban Atlanta.

Republican state Rep. Ron Stephens says dozens of lawmakers have supported his resolution urging the lottery board to approve video lottery terminals. He says it's a local control issue that should be decided by county commissioners and not a state organization.

Developer Dan O'Leary wants to build a $1 billion complex in Norcross that would include 7,500 video lottery machines. He says the project would pump $350 million each year into the HOPE scholarship program.

O'Leary and his supporters say the project won't need legislative approval because it involves games already permitted under state law.

Lottery officials and Gov. Nathan Deal's office declined to comment on the proposal.


TOWG 3 years, 7 months ago

This is a great idea and it makes sense on so many levels that there is absolutely no way it will come about.


LilburnLady 3 years, 7 months ago

It is a proven fact (as the linked study shows) that the presence of a casino increase crime in the vicinity and in neighboring communities over time. Initially, with increased police presence (provided by the tax revenues), crime will go down in the first year or two. But the attached study of 3,165 counties in the U.S. shows that the rate of rapes, robberies, burglaries and larceny goes up dramatically over a five-year period after a casino opens in a community. http://www.maine.com/editions/2006-05-15/images/20060531000107C.pdf

It is not only "people with money" who frequent casinos, because as anyone knows, the house usually wins and those that had enough money to play, leave without it most of the time. Those people who cannot walk away and must return to play again will beg, borrow or steal to get enough money to go back and play again. You can expect an increase in the number of problem gamblers in the community, 65% of which, will steal to support their addiction. Visitors coming into an area to visit a casino are also more likely to commit criminal acts than say a visitor coming in to visit a national park or other attraction. You can also expect an increase in the number of pawn shops in the area around a casino. The list goes on and on. Casinos may create revenue, but they negatively impact the community around them.

That site could be used for so many things, such as a hotel/resort and shopping mall centered around a water park/amusement park similar to the one in Nashville, TN. Or it could be a hotel/resort centered around a global/ethnic park such as Epcot Village in Orlando, FL. With such a large and diverse population of minorities in Gwinnett, why not celebrate that diversity and lift it up, rather than bring the community down with a casino?


Karl 3 years, 7 months ago

Well, I'm sure the property owner would be glad to sell it to you to build a waterpark or another Epcot! Have at it. Oh, wait, what? You can't do that? Well, then I suggest you let the person with the werewithall decide how he wants to spend his $1 billion.


Mack711 3 years, 7 months ago

You point out some good things here. However there is a lot of illegal gambling going on in areas of the state that goes unreported or taxed. At least with a casino we stand to get more of the tax momey. if you do not support a casino or legal gambling that is your right and we respect your right. But no one says anyone must go in. You never enter a casino with more than you can afford to lose. We need something to offset losing more of our kids education and this is one idea. Put it to a vote of the citizens, after all everyone said we would never have a State Lottery.


HonestIngine 3 years, 7 months ago

MOVE, if you believe everything you read you won't want to get out of bed.


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