Terrible news, folks! The worst tragedy of our times!
Well, I suppose it could be worse.
The Senate committee vote didn't happen today. A faction of the committee decided Wednesday night that the vote wouldn't even be held.
Best case scenario is that the vote is rescheduled to occur on Monday. Let's be optimistic and hope that this is an advanced negotiating tactic for a better deal for the state. This bill will be effectively dead (and with it any chance of passing casino legislation till next year) if it doesn't have a "yea" vote from the committee by Tuesday morning. At this point we need to count on our hero (see below) re-writing the bill and rallying support over the weekend.
Here's the pessimistic report from this morning:
Here's the optimistic report from this afternoon:
Here is the middling state of the situation this evening:
Hero - Sen. Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta
Villain - Sen. Rick Jeffares, R-McDonough
If you live in Georgia feel free to let these guys know how you feel.