Horse racing to get a look from Georgia lawmakers

— A House panel studying whether Georgia should allow betting on horse racing is set to hold its first meeting.

The Horse Industry Study Committee plans to hear on Monday from representatives of various horse racing breed groups.

The six-member committee is composed of three lawmakers, two community representatives and one person from the horse racing industry.

State Rep. Harry Geisinger has in recent years pushed a constitutional amendment that would pave the way for pari-mutuel betting on horse racing in Georgia.

It would have allowed the betting proceeds to be used to pay for college scholarships, pre-K programs or trauma care.

But House Speaker David Ralston said the matter needed more study.

The committee must report its findings to the Legislature by the year's end.