Supporters of legalizing casino gambling in Georgia are introducing legislation to do just that.
The proposed constitutional amendment – and a companion bill to outline how and where casinos would operate – call for the state to put some of the money it would collect from casinos into the HOPE scholarship program. Another share of the state's take would go to a plan for scholarships based on need.
One key to passing the constitutional amendment and getting it before Georgia voters: winning the support of House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, who has always been skeptical about legalizing casinos.
On "Morning Edition," the speaker talked with Denis O'Hayer about whether he can be persuaded to support a casino bill.
(Note: the expanded version also includes conversations about the state's continued stand against expanding Medicaid, and the debate about changing the state's funding formula for K-12 education and the Governor's proposal to intervene in chronically-failing schools.)