The bill to legalise sports betting in Georgia has been rejected by the Senate. The gambling industry will have to wait until next year for another possible chance.
US.- Georgia will not legalise sports betting during the current legislative session after the state Senate rejected bill SR 135, which intended to grant a referendum on the matter.
According to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the legal framework did not earn enough support from Republicans, while the state’s Democrats were against it from the very beginning.
The bill is dead for this year, but since the General Assembly operates in two-year cycles, the same bills can be reviewed during the 2022 session.
That makes 2023 the best-case scenario for Georgians to be allowed to bet on sporting events.
With several US states having legalised sports betting in 2020, it’s expected that 2021 will be another year of growth.
New York already legalised sports betting at its upstate casinos, and now it seems Governor Andrew Cuomo will also allow mobile and online sports betting statewide.
Arizona and Kansas have also made progress with sports betting legislation but are still working to get it past the legislature and to the governor.