A new front in Georgia’s fight over gambling: Sports betting Jim Galloway, Atlanta Journal-Constitution · August 23, 2019 at 2:36 pm The fight over gambling that’s about to begin in the state Capitol may look like the same tired confrontation that we’ve seen year after year after year. It’s not. Earlier this month, House Speaker David Ralston issued a press release announcing a Special Committee on Economic Growth. Little deciphering was required. This House panel is to look at new industries that would “require legislation creating a new regulatory framework.” One of the committee’s leaders will be state Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Savannah, a long-time advocate of allowing casinos – er, destination resorts – to operate in Georgia.