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Sports betting bill clears the Senate committee

Sports betting slot machine concept line illustration.
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Kyle Ellingson for NPR
Sports betting slot machine concept line illustration.

A Georgia Senate committee approved a sports betting bill late Monday with little discussion.

The Senate Economic Development Committee passed the legislation 8-1 and sent it on to the Rules Committee to schedule a vote of the full Senate.

Senate Bill 57 would allow sports betting both online and in person at kiosks that could be placed inside a variety of businesses, including sports venues. Sports betting would be overseen by the Georgia Lottery Corp. For that reason, Senate Bill 57 contemplates legalizing sports betting in Georgia without the need for a constitutional amendment.

It essentially would be added to the games already authorized since Georgia voters approved the creation of a lottery in 1992.