‘Hail Mary’ on Georgia sports betting falls short at end of session Matthew Waters, Legal Sports Report · June 29, 2020 at 9:25 pm Partisan politics ended any chances of legalizing Georgia sports betting this year, according to Rep. Ron Stephens. Both chambers of the Georgia legislature renewed sports betting initiatives late in the session, but it was too little, too late. HB 903 and SR 841 were both substituted in the opposite chambers to include sports betting. Expanded gambling has always been a tough sell in Georgia, but the hope was sports betting taxes could help address the budget’s deficit of billions of dollars following coronavirus-pandemic shutdowns. Neither saw action beyond their committees and finally expired when the legislative session ended Friday night. “I gave it a Hail Mary, but it didn’t get across the line,” Stephens said.