Video Poker in Georgia
In a somewhat surprise move, the Georgia Senate voted overwhelmingly
back in March-2001 to ban video poker. The ban originally stemmed
from a bill that was passed that sought merely to impose tougher restrictions
on an industry that has grown quickly in Georgia, especially in border
counties, since it was outlawed in South Carolina. However, by a margin
of 42-2, Georgia senators amended the measure to ban machines that
pay out in cash or prizes, while allowing a long list of games typically
found in mall game rooms, arcades and some restaurants, including
Skeeball, coin-operated pool tables and pinball machines. Later that
year, House members voted 158-12 to rid the state of video poker machines,
machines that their critics say are routinely used for illegal gambling.
Interestingly, in early 2002, a Superior Court Georgia judge dealt
the state lawmakers a losing hand, overturning the video poker. Later,
in a final twist to the saga, the Georgia Supreme Court sided with
the lawmakers, saying the people have no constitutional right to own
the video games and they were banned.
Will their be video poker in Georgia any time in the near future?
Who to tell - in early 2003 a bipartisan group of state House members
suggested a return to video poker to help raise tax money (The state
faced two straight years of declining tax revenue). Some however say
it is unlikely to return given that many Republicans in the GOP-controlled
Senate were strong supporters of the ban.
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