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Gaming, lobbyist gift cap to be on GOP primary ballot

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The Georgia Republican Party’s executive committee greenlight on Friday the inclusion in the state’s July 31 primary ballot two non-binding referendums on casino gaming and gift caps for lawmakers.

But as non-binding resolutions, the vote tally will not directly impact the state’s constitution or the Capitol’s legislative agenda.

“The function of these referendums lies not in legislative power — they’re but glorified straw polls — but rather a capacity to influence the Capitol’s agenda,” one party leader told Tipsheet. “Leadership opposition to the ethics cap may soften if activists turn out en masse for the measure.”

Yet one binding referendum will appear on July 31 ballots for all Georgians: the proposed regional sales tax designed to facilitate transportation investment across the state.

UPDATE: Party bigs also approved additional questions on personhood, gun licenses for military personnel and party registration in intraparty contests.

- James Richardson