Georgia has moved a step closer to legalising sports betting after the state Senate moved the bill towards a constitutional amendment.


As reported by Associated Press, the bill now requires ascension in the House before being put to voters at the ballot box.

While some sponsors of the deal wanted to factor sports betting into the state lottery, state Senator Bill Cowsert favoured the longer route of voters’ input.

“I think it’s the politically appropriate thing to do when we make this type of major policy shift in our state,” Cowsert said.

“This is to give voters the opportunity to speak on the issue.”

The Georgia bill would shift 80 per cent of taxes to prekindergarten programs and then to college sponsorships.

A further 15 per cent would go to the treatment and prevention of gambling harms.