Georgia lawmakers are ready to circumvent a two-thirds majority vote to help legalize sports betting this year.
State constitutional amendments require the aforementioned two-thirds vote. However, the officials in question are pushing bills in both chambers of congress that would create a legal sports betting market by statute. This only requires a majority vote instead of the full two-thirds support.
Former Georgia Chief Justice Harold Melton encouraged the pro-gambling group after he said a state constitutional amendment is unnecessary. The state’s legislative session began on January 9 and is over halfway done with its 40-nonconsecutive-day schedule.