Georgia Senate Chamber

  • The Georgia Senate Committee approved Senate Bill 57 on Monday by a vote of 8-1.
  • Senate Bill 57 would legalize online and retail sports betting in the state of Georgia.
  • The approval pushes SB57 one step closer towards legalization.

ATLANTA – The Georgia Senate Committee on Economic Development and Tourism approved Senate Bill 57 by a near unanimous vote of 8-1.

The bulk of the legislative process must occur before legal Georgia sports betting comes into effect.

Still, the Georgia sports betting bill does not require voter approval and can be completed solely through legislative action. Since Senate Bill 57 can be approved and enacted without constitutional amendment, this makes the measure unique in comparison to former failed sports betting bills.

Though approval from the Rules Committee, both chambers of the Legislature, and Governor Kemp, this early start gives real promise for this bill to continue pushing through the legislative process.

If GA SB57 makes it all the way, retail and online sports betting will be regulated in Georgia. This includes betting on professional and collegiate sports, in addition to eSports and other miscellaneous sporting events.

Gaining traction for legal sports betting to come to the Peach State in 2023, the Georgia Senate Committee approval on Monday pushes it closer toward legalization.

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