Georgia Legislature

  • The House did not take a vote on GA HB 380, the final chance for considering legal sports betting in 2023.
  • GA HB 380 seemed to put up a better chance than the recently failed GA SB 57, yet both bills died before they could advance out of their respective chambers.
  • Georgia sports betting will have to wait until 2024 for another chance at sports betting legalization.

ATLANTA – The failure of House Bill 380 marks the end for Georgia legal sports betting hopes for 2023. The bill would have allowed for the legalization of retail and online sports betting without a constitutional amendment.

GA HB 380 failed to receive a vote during Monday’s crossover deadline.

Since the bill never made it to the House floor, it wasn’t voted upon and couldn’t advance to the Senate.

Earlier on the same day, Senate Resolution 140 and Senate Bill 172 failed to pass. These two legal sports betting bills were the last sports betting legalization opportunities out of the Senate.

The House bill represented the final chance of the year for legal sports betting consideration after Senate Bill 57 failed to advance out of the Senate on Thursday.

This means legal Georgia sports betting won’t become possible until 2024 at the earliest. Georgia lawmakers will need to decide if getting voter approval would increase their chances for legalization in upcoming years.

SR140 and SB172 required a constitutional amendment and voter approval, while SB57 and HB380 did not.

Despite a long 13-hour session, none of the sports betting bills will be considered in the 2023 legislative session. Lawmakers will head back to the drawing board with hopes of regulating sports betting in Georgia in 2024.

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