Pastors and Ministry Leaders,
This morning a committee hearing took place where the subject of gambling legislation was discussed without publicly announcing it on its agenda. These committee members, have voted to move legislation that would allow for Sports Betting, Pari-mutuel Betting (Horse Racing), and Casinos in Georgia. This legislation, could go to the House of Representatives to be voted on tomorrow, Thursday, March 12 (Crossover Day). It would amend the state constitution with a Constitutional Amendment that would be voted on during the November General Election to allow gambling. Click here to see Mike Griffin’s testimony during the Regulated Industries’ Committee hearing today.
Don’t always believe it when elected officials and gambling lobbyists say we will just let the “informed, educated public” settle this issue in a state-wide gambling referendum campaign. The fact is almost no proposed amendments fail at the ballot box, in part because of the way the questions are worded.
When you hear legislators say they won’t be the ones legalizing any more gambling in Georgia, don’t believe all of it. The vote by the legislators is an approval of the process for the gambling industry to be benefited by the ballot process. To guarantee the amendment passes, the gambling industry has been shown to outspend opponents by a 250 to 1 margin! How many sitting officials would be reelected if they were outspent 250 to 1?
The only real winners if gambling is passed is the gambling industry. Reports and statistics show repeatedly the negative impact to society and families!
Please contact your State Representative and ask them politely to vote NO. Click this link to find contact information.
You can also find this information by visiting www.openstates.org. Click on the Georgia Link.
It is imperative that you contact your State Representative ASAP and encourage them to VOTE NO on any EXPANSION OF GAMBLING IN GEORGIA. Also, share this info with your church members and friends.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support!
Mike Griffin serves as Public Affairs representative for the Georgia Baptist Mission Board.