State lawmakers put gambling back on the table, or at least online

BY: - June 19, 2020

Online sports betting and casino gambling might still be on the table as state lawmakers wind down Georgia’s 2020 legislative session. The Senate Special Judiciary Committee Friday approved a plan to allow sports fans to wager online on sports, which Atlanta’s professional franchises have publicly called for since last fall. Jackson Republican Sen. Burt Jones’ […]

Potential online gambling a hit with Atlanta’s pro sports executives

BY: - February 13, 2020

Leaders of Atlanta’s major professional sports franchises reaffirmed their commitment to make sports gambling legal in Georgia at a press forum Thursday. The Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta United joined forces last year to ask lawmakers to support betting on pro sports to keep up with a wave of states that legalized […]

Georgia Senate committee not champing at the bit for race track

BY: - January 30, 2020

Supporters of horse racing and wagering in Georgia for decades have pressed the state Legislature to legalize parimutuel betting and open the gate to horse tracks. Lawmakers from both the state’s legislative chambers pondered the possibilities of expanding legalized gambling during study committee hearings last fall. But now that the 2020 General Assembly is officially […]

Lieutenant governor hints gambling bills are long shot this year

BY: - January 14, 2020

Gambling proponents may have gone bust just one day into the new session, with one high-ranking state leader expressing skepticism about the desire for expanded opportunities in Georgia. Several key lawmakers spent the fall considering online sports betting, horse racing and casino-style gaming in Georgia, and although two panels have not officially endorsed a plan, […]

Ralston says Georgians should be trusted with gambling expansion

BY: - January 10, 2020

House Speaker David Ralston said Georgians should decide if casinos, sports betting and horse racing become legal. Ralston sat down with reporters Thursday ahead of next week’s start to the 2020 legislative session. He said he’ll have a better sense of how much support gambling legislation has after lawmakers return to the Gold Dome Monday. […]

State lawmakers head to 2020 with potential gambling plans in pocket

BY: - December 19, 2019

Lawmakers in both the Georgia House and Senate appear poised to push for an expansion of some form of legalized gambling next year, most likely asking voters to decide at the ballot box. Study committees from both chambers weighed the revenue jackpot casinos might bring against the harsh political resistance wide-open gambling is likely to […]

Will Ga. House bet on expanding gambling to casinos, horse racing?

BY: - October 15, 2019

State Rep. Ron Stephens, a Republican from Savannah, says this will be the year legalized gambling in Georgia takes a great leap forward – or bites the dust for good. Stephens and other state lawmakers are hoping to put the question to Georgia’s voters and let them decide whether to permit casinos, horse racing and […]