Horse racing in Georgia? Local state senator wants to make that happen

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In a news release emailed Tuesday, Georgia State Senator Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga) says he plans to push for horse racing to come to Georgia during this legislative session.

Mullis says he is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 45, called the Rural Georgia Jobs and Growth Act, which was introduced on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

Mullis says the the development of a horse racing track in the Peach State would be funded through private investment, rather than tax incentives or breaks.

"While the main idea is to create an up to 300 acre state-of-the-art horse racing facility that will supply jobs and revenue to whatever region it is located, there are many other industries that will grow from the development of this facility. Horse and hay farming are just two more industries that would thrive from this legislation," Mullis says.

Mullis also says the track would have a "positive effect on restaurants, hotesl, and other service industry businesses throughout the state.

Mullis emphasizes that the move would positively impact the horse breeding industry in the state, and says Senate Bill 45 would allow a charge of 70 percent sales tax on any Georgia-bred horse. He says the bill would have an impact on all parts of the state, including his home district in northwest Georgia.

However, current Georgia state law explicitly prohibits gambling on horse racing. NewsChannel 9 has followed up with Mullis about whether he advocates changing that law. Once we hear back about that, this story will be updated.

Depend on us to keep you posted.

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