Last Updated on December 12, 2020

Sports betting legalization continues its sweep through the country and Georgia appears to be the latest state that is poised to get on board. The Georgia legislature is reconvening for a session on Jan. 11, 2021, and legalized sports betting, horse racing, and casino resorts are all likely to be on the table. One Georgia lawmaker is convinced that sports betting will pass in the upcoming session.

“If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen in this next session,” said Georgia House Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) via Savannah Now. “The people want it; opinion polls and more importantly public hearings show that. It’s time the legislature give Georgians that opportunity.”

This could be a huge win for Georgia. Every state in the country is looking to offset a drop in tax revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic. Legal sports betting could be an easy way to inject tax revenue back into the state.

So what does this all mean for Georgia bettors? Let’s dive into the details and take a look.

 

Passing The Georgia Legislature Is Not The Finish

If House Rep. Stephens’ confidence isn’t misguided, the Georgia legislature is going to pass sports betting. However, that does not mean that Georgians will be able to start betting on sports immediately. A constitutional amendment is required to change Georgia state law, and in order to pass a constitutional amendment, Georgians must vote in a referendum.

So, if legislators pass sports betting and Georgians pass the constitutional amendment, will you be able to start betting on sports right away? Again, not quite.

States that pass sports betting generally need time to set up rules and regulations to ensure that everything runs smoothly. The question of where tax revenue from sports betting will go towards is a contentious topic in many states. Where and who can set up casinos in Georgia is another topic that needs to be addressed.

All in all, it’s going to take some time before Georgians can begin legally betting on sports, but the state is trending in the right direction,