Sports betting in Georgia continues to be a topic amongst lawmakers as they head into the 2023 legislative session. Despite failing to pass in 2022, there is a lot of support for the market. SR 135 was presented by House Rep. Ron Stephens but did not pass. It is estimated that a similar bill will be on the House floor during the 2023 session.
Sports Wagering Push In Georgia
There are several factors at play when it comes to why sports betting is a possibility in the Peach State. For starters, there has been support for the market from members of both the House and State Senate. Additionally, incoming Lt. Gov. Burt Jones has publicly stated his support for sportsbooks in Georgia.
“I’ve been consistent about the positive return and revenues that safe, secure, and legal sports betting could generate for our state—so I will continue to support that effort,” said Burt Jones, incoming Lt. Governor in a statement to Atlanta News First. “I look forward to seeing what legislative initiatives the Georgia General Assembly proposes to address this issue during the upcoming session.”
Legal sports betting has also seen strong polling numbers from local residents. A statewide poll run by the School of Public and International Affairs Survey Research Center shows that 45.6% of likely voters supported online wagering in Georgia.
Georgia Gambling Expansion Supported By Major Entities
Other supporters of Georgia sports betting include the Sports Betting Alliance. The alliance consists of members of the BetMGM, DraftKings, FanDuel, and Fanatics as well as legislators. There has been a major push to bring the Peach State to the betting industry.
“We look forward to working with the legislature to establish a safe and responsible online sports betting market in Georgia. In over half the country, legal online sports betting platforms are providing fans with a safe and responsible way to place bets — all while generating significant revenue for state and local priorities. Currently, Georgians can only place bets with illegal offshore sports betting websites — unsafe and illicit enterprises that offer consumer protections and provide no benefit to Georgia communities. Georgia residents deserve a safe, responsible, and legal sports betting market.”A spokesperson from the Sports Betting Alliance
This legislative session could finally lead to a regulated betting market in Georgia. Optimism is strong amongst lawmakers and fans should be excited about such an early push for betting in 2023.
Other State Legislatures With Sports Betting Bills in 2023
Georgia is not the only state legislature discussing the possibility of legalizing sports betting in 2023. Here are some others that may join the club, including Ohio who went live and started taking bets Jan. 1: