City of Atlanta
Georgia

Ordinance
19-O-1622
Adopted on Substitute
Nov 4, 2019 1:00 PM

****AN ORDINANCE BY COUNCILMEMBER MARCI COLLIER OVERSTREET AS SUBSTITUTED BY FINANCE/EXECUTIVE TO REQUEST THAT THE GEORGIA GENERAL ASSEMBLY STATUTORILY AUTHORIZE THE CITY OF ATLANTA TO PROPOSE A NON-BINDING BALLOT QUESTION TO THE ELECTORS OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA CONCERNING WHETHER ATLANTA, GEORGIA SHOULD BE CONSIDERED AS A POSSIBLE DESTINATION LOCATION, IF THE STATE OF GEORGIA WERE TO LEGALIZE GAMBLING; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.

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Department:Office of Research and Policy AnalysisSponsors:Councilmember, District 11 Marci Collier Overstreet
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(Favorable on Substitute by Finance/Executive Committee 10/30/19 4 YEAS - 2 NAYS)

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WHEREAS, gambling is no longer an activity condemned by government officials because state governments had helped to transform this stigma by openly promoting various forms of state gambling such as lotteries and numbers games; and

WHEREAS, in some parts of the country, gambling has been embraced and promoted as a legitimate strategy of economic development; for instance, lotteries, racetracks, casinos, and electronic games can provide government coffers with funding to support for government programs; and

WHEREAS, proponents of gambling believe that it promotes job creation and revenue generation, improve local economies, and provides a funding mechanism for educational opportunities from pre-kindergarten through college; and

WHEREAS, gambling is currently prohibited in the State of Georgia; however, the Georgia Lottery, which is a form of gambling, is allowed, see OCGA § 50-27-1, et seq.; and

WHEREAS, the funds that are generated from the lottery are used for tuition grants, scholarships or loans to undergraduate college students, and the Georgia Pre-kindergarten Program, and the Georgia HOPE Scholarship program; and

WHEREAS, members of the Georgia General Assembly are beginning to explore the idea of legalized gambling to help fund the HOPE Scholarship other educational programs; and

WHEREAS, however, legalizing casino gambling in the state would require the Georgia General Assembly to propose, and the electors of the state to approve, a constitutional amendment to allow legalization and expansion; and

WHEREAS, expansion of gambling in Georgia would provide thousands of jobs and provide millions of dollars to fund HOPE scholarship; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to state law, the City of Atlanta may only present an opinion poll to the electors of the City of Atlanta pursuant to statutory authorization by the Georgia General Assembly; and

WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the City of Atlanta to request that the Georgia General Assembly authorize the City of Atlanta to propose a non-binding ballot question to Atlanta residents on legalization and expansion of casino gambling to further support and fund education, scholarships, and other public services.

THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA HEREBY ORDAINS, AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1: that the Atlanta City Council requests that the Georgia General Assembly statutorily authorize the city of Atlanta to propose a non-binding ballot question to the electors of the city of Atlanta concerning whether Atlanta, Georgia should be considered as a possible destination location if the state of Georgia were to legalize gambling.

SECTION 2: The ballot shall have written or printed thereon the words:

“[ ] YES               If the state of Georgia legalizes gambling, should Atlanta, Georgia be considered as a possible destination location?

  [ ] NO”

SECTION 3: All persons desiring to indicate that Atlanta, Georgia should be considered as a possible destination location if the state of Georgia were to legalize gambling, shall indicate “Yes,” and those persons desiring to indicate that Atlanta, Georgia should not be considered as a possible destination location if the state of Georgia were to legalize gambling, shall indicate “No.”

SECTION 4: That this Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its approval.

SECTION 5: The City of Atlanta Municipal Clerk shall transmit a copy of this Ordinance to the Georgia General Assembly.

SECTION 6: That all ordinances and parts of ordinances in conflict herewith are hereby waived only to the extent of the conflict.

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Meeting History

Oct 21, 2019 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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REFERRED TO FINANCE/EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AND COMMITTEE ON COUNCIL WITHOUT OBJECTION

RESULT:REFERRED WITHOUT OBJECTION
Oct 30, 2019 1:00 PM Video Finance/Executive Committee Regular Committee Meeting
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RESULT:FAVORABLE ON SUBSTITUTE [4 TO 2]
MOVER:Howard Shook, Chair
SECONDER:Andrea L. Boone, District 10
AYES:Howard Shook, Andrea L. Boone, J. P. Matzigkeit, Matt Westmoreland
NAYS:Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Jennifer N. Ide
ABSENT:Andre Dickens
Nov 4, 2019 11:15 AM Video Committee on Council Regular Committee Meeting
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Nov 4, 2019 1:00 PM Video Atlanta City Council Regular Meeting
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ADOPTED SUBSTITUTE BY A ROLL CALL VOTE OF 12 YEAS; 2 NAYS

RESULT:ADOPTED ON SUBSTITUTE [12 TO 2]
MOVER:Jennifer N. Ide, Councilmember, District 6
SECONDER:Matt Westmoreland, Councilmember, Post 2 At Large
AYES:Michael Julian Bond, Matt Westmoreland, Andre Dickens, Carla Smith, Amir R Farokhi, Antonio Brown, Howard Shook, J. P. Matzigkeit, Dustin Hillis, Andrea L. Boone, Marci Collier Overstreet, Joyce M Sheperd
NAYS:Natalyn Mosby Archibong, Jennifer N. Ide
AWAY:Cleta Winslow