Georgia Faces Wait For Sports Betting Legalisation

Georgia’s state can face significant waiting before it can begin the process of legalising sports betting after two bills failed to reach its legislative deadline this month.

House Resolution 378 and Senate Bill 403 were planned to amend the constitution of the state in order to regulate sports betting, but did not get enough momentum to get them past the March 12 finish line that marked’ Crossover Day’ in the current legislature.

Failure to win Crossover Day assent would immediately kick all future legislation into the long grass before the legislative session of the next year begins. However, there is a limited window of time through which amendments to the language in the bills can be made, offering the slimest possibility of legalisation during the 2020 legislative session.

The two bills put before the House were both seeking to allow Peach State sports betting, but with online gaming striking the primary difference.

Senate Bill 403 proposed that a new Georgia Mobile Sports Wagering Integrity Commission, formed under the auspices of the Georgia Lottery Corporation, allow legal mobile sports wagering.

Meanwhile House Resolution 378 set out to legalise betting and gambling as well as bingo, but did not include online gaming.