For 15 years, state Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Savannah) has tried bringing more gambling to Georgia. Hopes rose each year, bills inched a little further than before, but every move ended in defeat.

This year feels different.

House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge), who blocked key gambling bills in the past, threw his support behind a legalization measure earlier this month. It would ask voters whether to allow more than just scratch-off lottery tickets and slot machines. With voters' blessing, Georgia potentially could green-light sports betting, casinos and horse racing.

Those might not clear all at once, however.

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