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GA Lawmakers voice support for gambling proposal

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By GREG BLUESTEIN
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Some lawmakers are voicing support for a proposal by a Georgia developer to build a new gambling facility in suburban Atlanta.

Republican state Rep. Ron Stephens says dozens of lawmakers have supported his resolution urging the lottery board to approve video lottery terminals. He says it's a local control issue that should be decided by county commissioners and not a state organization.

Developer Dan O'Leary wants to build a $1 billion complex in Norcross that would include 7,500 video lottery machines. He says the project would pump $350 million each year into the HOPE scholarship program.

O'Leary and his supporters say the project won't need legislative approval because it involves games already permitted under state law.

Lottery officials and Gov. Nathan Deal's office declined to comment on the proposal.

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