Supreme Court Decision Fuels Sports-Betting Push In Georgia

Last year’s historic sports-betting decision by the U.S. Supreme Court is galvanizing a campaign by Georgia lawmakers to put a referendum on the state ballot in November 2020 to legalize not only wagers on games but casinos and horseracing.

A daunting super majority of two-thirds is required of both chambers of the Georgia legislature to place a referendum on the ballot, but sports-betting advocates say they are encouraged by recent developments.

“I will tell you that because of the Supreme Court’s decision to allow sports betting in all 50 states that that has created a lot of momentum for everyone to look at sports betting,” said Republican state Senator Brandon Beach, who is chairman of a Georgia Senate study committee exploring changes in the state’s gambling laws.

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