Georgia Legislative Counsel Recommends Constitutional Amendment For Sports Betting

As a Senate committee starts to debate the merits of sports-betting legislation, Georgia’s Office of Legislative Counsel has weighed in to say that a constitutional amendment would be the safest route to bring sports wagering to the Peach State.

The Senate Study Committee on Gaming and Pari-mutuel Wagering on Horse Racing held a hearing Tuesday to discuss sports betting, as part of a series of meetings to look at gaming in the state.

State law currently permits a lottery as well as other limited gaming, including charitable raffles and bingo, but Georgia has no casinos or horseracing infrastructure. Similar hearings are scheduled on both casino gaming and pari-mutuel wagering in the coming weeks.

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