A Georgia Senate committee approved a sports betting bill late Monday with little discussion. The Senate Economic Development Committee passed the legislation 8-1 and sent it on to the Rules Committee to schedule a vote of the full Senate.
Senate Bill 57 would allow sports betting both online and in person at kiosks that could be placed inside a variety of businesses, including sports venues. Sports betting would be overseen by the Georgia Lottery Corp.
“Sports betting is deemed a lottery game,” said Sen. Billy Hickman, R-Statesboro, the bill’s chief sponsor.
For that reason, Senate Bill 57 contemplates legalizing sports betting in Georgia without the need for a constitutional amendment.