Residents against Georgia casino project

Midway would be a potential site for a new casino if gambling legislation passes.
Midway would be a potential site for a new casino if gambling legislation passes.

Residents have raised concerns that a casino could lead to increased crime.

US.- Residents in Midway, Georgia have expressed opposition to the construction of a casino in the area.

The city in Liberty County could get a casino if gambling expansion is approved in Georgia.

House Resolution 30, which would allow the state’s citizens to vote on whether to legalise casinos was put forward in late January.

But dozens of residents met with State Representative Al Williams, who is in favour of gambling expansion, calling for Midway removed as the potential location for a gambling venue.

Resident Shelia McGinley told WTOC11 news: “The bad sides over time will overcome the good sides because with this casino there you bring drugs, you bring prostitution, you bring human trafficking, you destroy the natural habitat for the wild and the list goes on and on.”

Rep Williams said other areas were in consideration for the venue but expressed a desire to keep Liberty County as an option.

He said: “I just want Liberty County to be represented when we talk about economic progress.”

House Resolution 30 is has been sent to the Regulated Industries Committee for further consideration.

Lawmakers in Georgia are also considering a bill that would legalise sports betting. Earlier this month, the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee voted 20-6 in its favour.

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