More Gambling for Georgia: Big Bucks for Preschools, College Scholarships

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6 min read
1154 words
Beau Evans
Jan 26, 2022
Key Points
  • Gambling bills for casinos and sports betting face better odds of passing this year with powerful lawmaker’s support.
  • Sports betting could raise up to $100 million for college scholarships and preschools in Georgia. Casino betting could be many times that.
  • Concerns over addiction risks remain as calls to the state’s gambling hotline doubled at the COVID-19 pandemic’s start.
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 ...

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