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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 7, July 2010, Posted On: 6/28/2010

Georgia AG Runs For Governor On Pro-Bingo Platform

Marcus Webb
Thurbert Baker, Georgia amusement industry, Georgia gambling, electronic bingo machine

ATLANTA -- Thurbert Baker, a candidate for governor in next month's Democratic primary in Georgia, is running on a platform of legalizing electronic bingo machines as an expansion of the existing state lottery. Baker is a three-time state attorney general and the current occupant of that office.

Taxes from bingos could rise to $2 billion within a decade and would be used to fund educational programs, provide longer school terms and hire more teachers, Baker said.

Georgia's House and Senate would have to pass a constitutional amendment by a two-thirds vote to legalize bingo machines. Baker also is in favor of a constitutional amendment to ensure that all bingo tax revenues are used entirely for education.

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