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Video gambling regulation up for debate at Capitol

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Regulation of video gambling machines is one of the last-minute issues to be decided in this year's state legislature.

The state has struggled to control video gaming machines in Georgia.

Legislation at the Capitol this year would give the Georgia Lottery new authority to regulate to regulate the machines.

A percentage of the revenue would be sent to the HOPE Scholarship, but some conservative groups are raising objections.

The bill could lead to more gambling, they say.

"Our organization does not believe in expansion of any gambling of any sort. We believe this bill will do that," said Tanya Ditty of Concerned Women of America.

Supporters, including Gov. Nathan Deal, say the measure is not an expansion of gambling and would help diminish the problem of illegal poker machines making cash payouts.

Jim Tudor of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores said that group supports the legislation.

"We are in support of it, not that we think it's going to lead to a real expansion of games but we support it because it's going to bring some regulation to an industry where it's well overdue," said Tudor.

The House and Senate have passed different versions of the measure. One day is left in this year's legislative session.

Video gaming machines are allowed in the state if they are registered and taxed and do not award cash.

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