Sports betting and other forms of play that have found fertile ground in many states of the United States, however in Georgia have stagnated, after state lawmakers decided to rethink their authorization. So if fans expected to have legislation that allows these activities soon, they will be very disappointed.
Until 2020 discussions will not resume in this regard, without there being any certain possibility that the games will be authorized. Local lawmakers began the first explorations of possible future legislation for the gaming industry in Georgia. To that effect, a state Senate panel met to begin discussing the details and offering some recommendations to legalize the game.
However, the committee decided to paralyze and postpone the discussion, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Apparently there was an intense debate among legislators on how to introduce a possible expansion of the game. Georgia Senator Brandon Beach, who chairs the committee, referred to the delays in the committee’s contributions until its members can reach a consensus.
“We just weren’t ready to vote. Then I decided to wait. We have time. We will talk about that at the next caucus meeting (Senate Republican) that we have, it will be a priority,” he explained.
The most striking thing about the lack of consensus of the legislators is not the gaming activity itself, but, apparently, the members of the committee are divided on how to formulate the question related to the expanded game to be presented for the consideration of state voters in November 2020.
Under the Georgia Constitution, voters have the final say in deciding whether expanded gambling can be considered or not. Some of the senators want a single question related to sports games, casinos and horse racing to be included. While other committee members prefer that each of the three segments of the game be included in a separate ballot.
As in other states, also the Georgian authorities on the need to somehow cover the income deficit that generates so many complaints. They are aware that as more game options are introduced the situation may change. Likewise, it will help to combat illegal gambling while providing users with better protection with these services.
After the committee decides how to submit the question on the ballot, there will still be much more to discuss and do. Before voting on the constitutional amendment, it must be approved by two thirds of the state parliament (House of Representatives and the Senate) which represents a challenge.
However, when the committee agrees on the presentation of the question, the march will have begun along this muddy path. Perhaps after legislators return from legislative vacations in January they discuss the issue again.