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By Brandon Larrabee, Morris News Service
ATLANTA Despite what some might see as long odds in a conservative state, a group of Georgia lawmakers is bet-ting that voters are ready to legalize casinos and gambling on horse and dog racing.
House Resolution 1477 would amend the Georgia Constitu-tion to allow a city or county to legalize one or both forms of gambling as long as voters approved of the move in a referendum. House Bill 1369, meanwhile, lays out how the new games would be governed.
Casino gambling has been floated as a way to save Under-ground Atlanta, and the lawmakers sponsoring the meas-ures are from the metro Atlanta area. But any city or county would be allowed to hold a referendum on the gambling question.
Even sponsors admit they don't expect the legislation to pass this session. All bills and resolutions must pass either the House or Senate by Tuesday to remain alive, and the proposals haven't been heard by a committee.
But Rep. Roger Bruce, D-Atlanta, the measures' ......