Georgia is well-known for having some of the strictest gambling regulations in the country. If some lawmakers get their way, that will soon change. New reports indicate there is once again a real push to change Georgia’s gambling laws in the near future.
Many residents here support this move. Others feel it’s unnecessary. Now is a great time to talk about how and when things could begin to shift for Georgia’s gambling industry.
Let’s get into it!
More Bills to Change Georgia’s Gambling Laws are Set to be Presented
The state of Georgia has been against the gambling industry for many years. Historically speaking, the state’s leaders have pushed against allowing any new gambling options to become available. In recent years, gaming advocates have pushed for a change, arguing that more regulated gambling options will help to bring the state valuable revenue.
At least one gambling bill has been presented in Georgia every year over the past decade. All of these bills have been shut down. Some feel that 2022 could be different. A growing number of powerful individuals now support the move to change Georgia’s gambling laws.
The General Assembly in Georgia has begun to prepare for its legislative session to begin in January. Gambling advocates are expected to present four different bills here in 2022. Most of these focus on finally allowing regulated land-based casinos to operate in the state.
Many lawmakers point to the money being lost to other states with gambling industries set in place. North Carolina, for example, seems to be attracting many gambling fans to several of its properties. That includes Harrah’s Cherokee Casino-Resort.
32 different lobbyists in Georgia seem determined to make some major changes here. If these individuals get their way, Georgie may welcome several casinos within the next couple of years.
Will Georgia Soon Legalize Sports Betting?
More than half the United States now has a legal sports betting industry set in place. This is all thanks to the US Supreme Court’s removal of PASPA back in May of 2018. This decision immediately allowed every state in the country to legalize and regulate its own sports betting industry.
Georgia is one of the states yet to formally approve any sports betting bills. That isn’t a surprise when considering how anti-gambling most of the lawmakers here are. Georgia is home to a massive sporting fan base, however, and most analysts feel that having legal sports betting options available would help to bring the state a huge amount of tax revenue.
Senate Resolution 135, a recently presented bill that would expand Georgia’s gambling laws, made considerable progress in 2021. Many take this as a sign that things will change in 2022. Sports betting has become widely accepted around the US and it would not be a surprise to see a specific sports gambling bill gain the Governor’s approval next year.
Many sports betting supports want to see online sportsbooks become available in Georiga. Interestingly, many of these officials are not in support of seeing any retail sportsbooks launch in this state. This would be a similar situation to the one Tennessee finds itself in.
2022 is shaping up to be a massive year for the entire US gambling industry. It seems that both casinos and sports betting could become legal in Georgia sometime in the next twelve months. Stay tuned for updates!
More States Prepare to Launch Their First Sportsbooks
Georgia is far from the only state to recently update its gambling regulations. Throughout 2021, a huge number of states have been working hard to launch their first sportsbooks. Over the next couple of months, several states will succeed in doing so.
Connecticut announced today that a soft launch of its first sportsbooks will take place tomorrow, October 12. This state legalized sports betting back in May of 2021 and has been preparing to launch its first sports betting platforms on October 7. Officials here have been working hard to agree on specific regulations for this industry ever since.
A seven-day soft launch from the Connecticut Lottery Corporation, Mohegan Tribe, and Mashantucket Pequot Tribe will begin tomorrow. Assuming everything goes well, statewide online sports betting will become available. Several major sports betting operators are eagerly waiting for their first sportsbooks to launch here.
Florida is another state working to get its sports betting industry off the ground. Legal disputes between various pari-mutuel companies and the Seminole Tribe have led to delays doing so. Hope is that Florida’s first sportsbooks launch before the end of October.
Do you expect Georgia’s gambling laws to change next year? Will sports betting become available here soon? Let us know in the comments section below.