Legal Gambling in Georgia – Referendum Backed by House Panel

| March 30, 2022 5:58 am PDT
  • A referendum on legal sports betting and casino gaming could be put to voters in Georgia at the end of the year.
  • The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee voted in favor of constitutional amendments that could lead to gambling being legalized in the state.
  • Progress will only be made if the amendment passes the House and the Senate with a two-thirds majority.

A referendum on legalized gambling in Georgia might be on the cards as early as November 2022.

On Monday, The House Economic Development and Tourism Committee gave the green light to amendments to Senate Resolution 135 and Senate Bill 142. Both are in favor of legalizing betting on pro and college sports in the state.

As things stand, gambling in Georgia is still a contentious subject.

While various operators provide online betting and casino services to players in the state, wagering on sports such as football, baseball, and basketball — as well as playing real money roulette and other table games — is not permitted in land-based sportsbooks or casinos. 

Could this be about to change?

Will Georgia Vote to Legalize Gambling?

That’s a matter to be decided by Georgians and the ballot. 

That is, of course, if things get that far. The closing days of the session will determine if legalizing gambling in Georgia can happen, given that amendments to the constitution will take a two-thirds majority before they can be passed in the House and Senate.

One of the main reasons that pro-gambling lobbyists cite in favor of legalizing gambling is that players can access some of the best gambling sites provided by offshore bookies.

Pro sports team in Atlanta have also thrown their support behind the proposed changes to the constitution.

It is believed that franchises such as the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Falcons could see more fan engagement in betting on pro sports in Georgia was legalized.

Will Georgia Become the Latest State to Legalize Betting?

More than 100 million Americans can place bets and play casino games legally.

Around 30 states have legalized gambling since the historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 to prohibit betting outside of Nevada. Should Georgia proceed to lift the ban at the state level, it would certainly benefit the people of the state. 

Savannah’s Rep. Ron Stephens believes it makes sense. 

“Those of you that that may know you can do sports betting today. It’s on your phone. It’s an app, but keep in mind that money is going offshore to Antigua and some of these other places. You’re taxing and regulating, and that’s all, because you’re already doing this particular sports betting.”Ron Stephens

There are clear benefits to legalizing gambling in Georgia.

Even though that is the case, some believe that doing so would create problems and change the current way of doing things in “The Peach State.” Should a referendum go ahead, we’ll get to find out what the people have to say. 

Until then, check out the top betting apps online if you’re looking to get some wagers down.

Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

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