Editor’s note: Sine Die has too much action to fully cover in one place – so check out Baker Owens’ story on some of the economic-related legislation that passed Wednesday, and look for a full breakdown of all the action later this week
Georgia’s sweeping elections bill stole the headlines in the 2021 legislative session and figures to remain in the spotlight for the foreseeable future. However it was done and dusted last week, with Gov. Brian Kemp signing the legislation quickly after it was passed by the Senate. Drama ensued. But the session rolled along, coming to a head last night until Sine Die was called just after midnight, marking the end of the line for this year’s General Assembly, at least for now.
Sports betting was the big ticket item to keep an eye on, with a pair of bills, SR 135 and SB 142, still alive Wednesday as the two key pieces of legislation that would legalize and implement sports betting in Georgia. Those bills though, needed at least a modicum of bipartisan support to pass and House Democrats drew a line in the sand, refusing to support the Republican-sponsored bills in retribution for the elections bill passed last week. Expect to see sports betting return – along with casino gaming and horse racing legislation – in 2022.
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