February 2017 Newsletter

Casino Embedded in “Destination Resort” Center

Q. Does Georgia have a “destination resort” (as defined in H.B. 158 and S.B. 79)
within its borders?

A. Not yet, but Georgia will have two destination resorts with casinos,
if H.B. 158 or S.B. 79 passes.

Q. What does a destination resort have besides a casino?
A. Its freestanding, land based development has hotels, restaurants, villas, “limited gaming” (casino) facilities, convention and meeting sites, shopping centers, attractions, entertainment facilities, and service centers.
Q. Will destination resorts interfere with existing gambling available on maritime vessels?
A. Maritime gambling in Georgia’s jurisdiction before January 1, 2016 will not be affected.

H.B. 158 Destination Resort Act or Resort Act by Representative Ron Stephens is identical to S.B. 79 Destination Resort Act or Resort Act by Senator Brandon Beach, and both introduced their bills on January 30th. Both bills create a five-member Georgia Gaming Commission (GGC) comprised of Georgia residents who are U.S. citizens. The five would be appointed as follows: The Governor appoints three members, the Lieutenant Governor appoints one, and the Speaker of the House appoints one. Meaning, it would be controlled by the Governor.

The commission will establish the Destination Resort Trust Fund into which the commission will deposit all excise taxes, fees, and other revenue received by the commission. The fund will finance the operation of the commission, its investigations¹, the regulation of casinos, and enforcement of the law governing casinos, but salaries for commissioners is not mentioned.

Absolute power of GGC: (a) Select the county in which a destination resort license is awarded; (b) issue state licenses for casinos, manufacturers, sellers and distributors of gambling devices, supplies and equipment; (c) inspect equipment and supplies in, upon, or about the premises; (d) remove, seize, and impound such, along with documents or records; (e) demand access to records of applicants, licensees, and other entities; (f) investigate suspected violators who may be prosecuted; (g) issue subpoenas; and (h) appoint hearing examiners to interrogate under oath.

Destination Resorts may operate 24 hours, 365 days of the year. No one company may hold two destination resort licenses concurrently and applicants must demonstrate a plan for the project to derive over 60 percent of its revenue from nongaming.

  • A county with a population over 900,000, based on the most recent census, would be selected for the larger investment. As of July 1, 2016, Georgia’s most densely populated counties were Fulton², 1,010,562; Gwinnett, 895,832; Cobb, 741,334; and DeKalb, 734,871.

The licensee for the first locale must be able to invest $2 billion into the project, include a hotel with 1,000 guest rooms, and be near a convention center district within the same county.

  • The second county selected for a resort must be populated with at least 250,000 residents, but no more than 900,000. Populations of Chatham, Clayton and Cherokee currently qualify. Licensees must invest at least $450 million, and a convention center must be nearby.
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¹ The commission may investigate, for the purpose of prosecution, any suspected criminal violation.
² Public Library Serv. projects increase for 2018: Fulton, 1,070,062; Gwinnett, 948,365; Cobb, 763,778; DeKalb, 745,417.

January 2017 Newsletter

Electoral College Equalizes Power of Voters in All States

“Using Census data, we’ve¹ figured out that half of the United States population is clustered in just the 146 biggest counties out of over 3000. Here’s the map, with said counties shaded in. Below the map is the list¹ of all the counties,
so you can see if you live in one of them.”

Georgia Statistics: According to the latest figures available, the total population of Georgia is 9,687,653, which is almost equally divided among males (4,729,171) and females (4,958,482). The blue sections below identify the 146 most populace counties in the U.S., which includes four Georgia counties with the following residency: Fulton, 1,010,562; Gwinnett, 895,832; Cobb, 741,334; and DeKalb, 734,871. Taliaferro County has the fewest residents with 1,639.

NPV vs. Electoral College. Consider this half-and-half fact: The 146 blue counties outlined below include half of the population in the U.S. Over 2,854 gray counties are home to half of the U.S. population. The Electoral College provides voting equality for each half.

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January 13, 2017 Radio Commentary

The U.S., a Representative Republic NOT a Democracy!

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 13, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

In the last few years, a movement has surfaced to change the way we elect our president and vice president. For several years, proponents of that movement have introduced bills in Georgia to change the Electoral College and install a strategy they’re calling the “national popular vote”.

It surfaced again in Georgia last year when Representative Earl Ehrhart introduced H.B. 929 and Senator David Shafer introduced the same language in S.B. 376. Both bills were entitled the “Agreement Among the States to Elect the President by National Popular Vote,” and both bills died in committee. However, they may be introduced again this year.

The goal of the national popular vote is to install majority rule for presidential and vice presidential elections. If that happens, the most densely populated areas in the country would single-handedly elect the president and vice president. They keep saying that’s the democratic way, but the United States is NOT a democracy. Continue reading

January 6, 2017 Radio Commentary

Swearing-in on Day One

Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 6, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler

When 10 o’clock comes around Monday morning, 56 senators and 180 representatives in the Georgia General Assembly will become official law-makers after they’re sworn in. After a little searching, I learned that oaths of office can be quite different, depending on the office the official will occupy.

Before the governor-elect can take office, members of the House and Senate gather in a joint session to witness him swear to faithfully execute the office of governor and defend the constitutions of Georgia and the United States. Immediately after the governor’s oath, the lieutenant governor is sworn in. Both are elected at the same time to serve four-year terms, simultaneously.

Governor Deal’s son, Hall County Superior Court Judge Jason Deal, administered the oath of office to his dad in 2011 at his first inauguration as governor, and he did it again in 2015 when his dad won a second term. Also, in 2015, Judge Deal administered the oath of office to seven other state-wide officials, including the lieutenant governor. Continue reading