Rep. Ron Stephens

Lawmakers embrace pecans, skip sports bets in 2021’s masked session

BY: , and - April 1, 2021

This story was updated on April 4. Lawmakers just concluded a legislative session dominated by the GOP’s push to remake Georgia’s election laws after Republicans suffered stunning losses at the ballot box. Even as the law-making continued under the Gold Dome this week, the struggle to define the sweeping election bill was already playing out […]

Lawmaker’s horse racing play adds HOPE Scholarship boost as carrot

BY: - March 3, 2021

Savannah Republican Rep. Ron Stephens is betting on the promise of an infusion of money into the HOPE Scholarship to help his horse racing bill sprint through the House before an important legislative deadline Monday. Stephens’ bill would let voters decide whether to amend the state constitution to allow horse racing in Georgia. It would […]

Online sports betting could defy odds against new Georgia legal gambling

BY: - February 10, 2021

The odds are looking better for online sports betting in Georgia after a group of high-ranking state senators filed a bill Tuesday night that would expand legalized gambling beyond the state’s decades-old lottery. The bill, filed by Republican Senate Rules Committee Chair Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga, would bring the practice of wagering on professional sports […]

Tobacco tax on the table as lawmakers look to fix budget crisis

BY: - May 13, 2020

The painful prospect of cutting billions from next year’s state budget has reignited interest in a proposal that has historically faced stiff resistance at the state Capitol: A cigarette tax hike. State lawmakers abruptly left Atlanta in mid-March due to the COVID-19 outbreak without finishing next year’s budget, and they have just begun talks on […]

Atlanta Motor Speedway among those pitching gambling to lawmakers

BY: - October 16, 2019

Casino promoters and Georgia business boosters pushing the state to expand legalized gambling — including the Atlanta Motor Speedway president — lined up in a meeting room across from the Capitol Tuesday to sell state lawmakers on plans to allow new games of chance inside state borders. The Hampton venue that’s hosted NASCAR races and […]

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 […]