FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga.— State Senator Jack Murphy (R- Cumming) was recently appointed the Chairman of the Horse Racing Study Committee by Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle.
"Our state has significant amounts of pastureland and facilities that would allow for the breeding, raising, training, and stabling of horses," said Sen. Murphy. "By more thoroughly researching the equine industry, we are potentially creating numerous jobs and providing Georgia with yet another economic boost."
The committee was created by Senate Resolution 1242 earlier this year and designates the Senate Study Committee on the Horse Racing Industry to have six members: three Senators, two citizens, and one member whom are involved in the horse racing industry. "Senator Murphy is one of the Senate's most thoughtful and respected members," said Lt. Governor Casey Cagle. "I have great confidence in his ability to chair this study committee and appreciate his willingness to exam this complicated issue with his trademark diligence."
Thirty-eight states currently allow horseracing and this study committee hopes to give these same owners and trainer a chance to live and ply their trade here; thus creating jobs and revenue for Georgia.
Sen. Murphy is in his third term in the State Senate and currently serves as the chair of the Banking and Financial Institutions.