How voting rights may have an effect on hopes for sports activities betting in Georgia in 2021
Constitutional arguments and state politics raise the chances of legalizing sports betting Georgia in doubt this year.
HB 86 is at a political stalemate with House Democrats holding back support over the law republican Efforts to reduce access to voting, according to the Associated Press.
The Democrats may be the minority party, but those votes will be crucial when Republicans are divided on issues like GA sports betting. This strategy of officially withholding support for the legislation officially began with HB 86, whose expected vote was postponed.
“It’s happening right now,” Member of Parliament Carl Gilliard told AP about the democratic strategy. “We have a few things to discuss, and so I told Chairman Stephens.”
Georgia Sports Betting Bill, Resolution Pass Committee
The Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities supports legal sports betting. However, the chairman is not convinced that he has a chance to pass this year.
SB 142 and SR 135 both received Do-Pass recommendations from the committee. Chairman Bill Cowsert Co-sponsor SR 135, which would bet on sports betting 2022 ballot, with main sponsor SB 142 It is. Jeff Mullis.
That’s because Cowsert is not confident that legalizing sports betting as a lottery game would stand up to legal challenges. He questioned the constitutionality of this method at a committee meeting last week.
Georgia passed a constitutional amendment to legalize its lottery in 1992. At the time, many people defined lottery games as draw and scratch games, he said.
“I have come to the conclusion – and I think that this is certainly supported by the office of our Legislative Council and by many of the people who have introduced things to us – that playing sports betting as we define it as a lottery game is a real challenge describe.” Cowsert added. “… We’re on pretty thin ice here to convince a court that the courts will believe this just because we say sports betting is a lottery game.”
SB 142 financial data changed
There have been several changes to SB 142 that cut cash upfront but increase taxes. Cowsert introduced the amendments and said he had worked closely with Mullis on these.
The biggest change was the taxation of sports betting income 16%, from 10% originally. That’s still lower than that 20% in HB 86 after its rise from 14% earlier this week.
Cowsert also lowered the registration fee $ 10,000 and the annual license fee $ 100,000. That’s down from $ 50,000 and $ 900,000, respectively. The initial fees that remain in the house bill are too high to encourage local business involvement, he argued.
Another amendment seems to be based on the confusion of a Tennessee daily fantasy sports Act for a sports betting act and would likely be removed should SB 142 get real attention this year.
Cowsert said he “plagiarized” Tennessee by changing the bill to: a Deposit limit of USD 2,500 everyone 30 days. This limit is only found in the state rules and regulations for fantasy sports.
Cowsert: Don’t approve sports betting for cash
Cowsert was pretty open when asked how much money would be left for lottery-funded scholarships after the additional cost of running sports betting on the lottery.
“Well the cold reality is, if you vote for sports betting to raise significant funds for the state of Georgia, you probably won’t get a vote,” Cowsert said.
He called the “best case scenario” between $ 25 million to $ 50 million in annual tax revenue according to proponents. He also quickly realized that this is not a “sucker switch”.