When you sign-up through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more >

Georgia Lawmaker Wants to Consider Sports Betting Legislation in 2022 Session

Written by: Mike Lukas
Updated October 14, 2022
11 min read
Georgia Consider Sports Betting Legalisation
  • Sen. David Lucas Tells 13WMAZ Radio He Wants to Consider Sports Betting Legislation 
  • Sports Gambling Revenue Could Potentially Help Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, More
  • Next Georgia Legislative Session Scheduled to Start Jan. 10 and Adjourn March 31

Play Fantasy Sports Here!

🔥 Claimed by 33 people this week!



Bet $5, Get $150 in Bonus Bets Instantly

21+ | T&Cs apply

Sen. David Lucas Tells 13WMAZ Radio He Wants to Consider Sports Betting Legislation

Despite prior failed attempts by Georgia lawmakers to push sports betting bill through their state legislature, Peach State bettors are still hopeful that at some point in the near future they will be able to place legal sports wagers from anywhere in the state.

Earlier this week, Georgia Senator David Lucas and state Representative Robert Dickey spoke with 13WMAZ radio in Macon and from the sound of it, they are optimistic about another sports betting bill being debated in the upcoming legislative session.

Sen. Lucas does not believe the issue of Georgia residents placing legal sports bets should be divisive given that they are already engaging in those activities by using offshore sportsbooks, illegal bookies, and traveling to nearby states like Tennessee where it is already legal.

To the listeners of 13WMAZ, Sen. Lucas was clear on his legal sports betting stance:

It’s not controversial. People are doing it anyway. They’re doing it now. People make wagers all the time. People gamble all the time.

One sticking point in this ongoing debate, according to Rep. Dickey, is what Georgia would do with those additional funds once they are being generated by a legal sports betting market, saying:

I don’t think we’re all on one page even if you were to pass [a sports betting bill]… where to apply the extra revenue.

In that regard, there are plenty of possibilities being considered.

Sports Gambling Revenue Could Potentially Help Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, More

One of the suggestions made by Sen. Lucas for where to apply the additional tax revenue that a legal sports betting market would be to potentially help the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.

Other states, like neighboring Tennessee, have found plenty of worthy recipients for the money they now have flowing back via the 20% tax rate they charge sportsbooks, such as educational scholarships, roads and other infrastructure projects, and gambling addiction programs.

Regardless of where or how that tax revenue would be spent, the main point some Georgia lawmakers are arguing is that this is money that is already being spent illegally by gamblers in the state, so why not regulate and tax that revenue stream and have it benefit residents?

All those points and more will most likely be debated in Georgia’s upcoming legislative session.

Next Georgia Legislative Session Scheduled to Start Jan. 10 and Adjourn March 31

Several bills in the past have already been put to the Georgia House but for various reasons, those pieces of legislature never made it to the Senate.

The hope now by state lawmakers like Lucas is that those state leaders now against this issue are beginning to see how legalizing, regulating, and taxing this existing revenue stream makes sense, especially for the residents who would benefit from the new money.

The next legislative session in Georgia is scheduled to start on January 10 and last until it adjourns on March 31, giving lawmakers over two and a half months to debate and create a workable bill, so check back for the latest news and updates on this unfolding story.

Play Fantasy Sports Here!

Logo #1



Bet $5, Get $150 in Bonus Bets

21+ | Terms and conditions apply

Logo #2



$500 Bonus Bet

21+ | VA only | Gambling problem? Call 1-800-532-3500

Image for Mike Lukas


Mike Lukas

1204 Articles

Mike Lukas is a retired standup comedian turned freelance writer now living in Dallas, Texas, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. His love for the game of football and all things Cleveland Browns turned Mike into a pro blogger years ago. Now Mike enjoys writing about all thirty-two NFL teams, hoping to help football gamblers gain a slight edge in their pursuit of the perfect wager. Email: [email protected]

More info on Mike Lukas
We've been featured on:
espn logo
reuters logo
cbs-news logo
forbes logo
entrepreneur logo
entrepreneur logo
We only list licensed sportsbooks

© Rebel Penguin ApS 2024 (a subsidiary of Gaming Innovation Group Inc.)

We support responsible gambling. 21+ Only. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-Gambler.

WSN.com is run by iGaming Cloud Inc (a Gaming Innovation Group Subsidiary) and is registered with the New Jersey Division of Gaming Enforcement (DGE) under affiliate vendor ID 89744, with the Indiana Gaming Commission (IGC) under certificate of registration number SWR-000148, approved by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board as a gaming service provider, under certificate registration number 117656-1, possesses a Vendor Minor sports betting license from the Colorado Limited Gaming Control Commission (account number 94414163), granted a vendor registration number VR007603-20-001 by the Michigan Gaming Control Board, an interim Sports Wagering Supplier license, under license number SWS 066, issued by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, a sports betting vendor registration, under registration number #100400, issued by the Director of Gaming Licensing and Investigations of the Virginia Lottery to operate in the State of Virginia, and a Vendor Registration issued by the Sports Wagering Committee of the Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation.

Advertising disclosure: WSN contains links to online retailers on its website. When people click on our affiliate links and make purchases, WSN earns a commission from our partners, including ESPN and various sportsbooks.