Legislation that would authorize casino gambling in Georgia won’t pass the General Assembly this year, state Sen. Brandon Beach (R-Alpharetta) told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday, Feb. 27.

Beach doesn’t have the votes to get Senate Bill 79 out of committee.

This was the second consecutive year that lobbyists for casino companies descended on the Georgia Capitol with talk of investing $1 billion or more into a destination-type casino resort and raising hundreds of millions of dollars for college scholarships and other state programs.

Even if casino legislation had passed this year, the required constitutional amendment wouldn’t have appeared on the ballot until 2018, so the gambling forces won’t lose much time if they can find a way through the legislature next year.