In January, the state’s governor and Legislature passed a bill that would create the first state-owned casino in the U.S. In December, it passed a second bill that made Georgia the first in the country to issue gaming licenses.
The bill passed both houses of the Georgia Legislature and the Georgia Department of Gaming and Lottery Commission on Thursday.
Nathan Deal, right, speaks during a news conference in Athens, Ga., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2019.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)Georgia Gov., Nathan Deal (R), speaks during the news conference.
(REUTERS/Al Diaz)Under the bill, the casino will be located in the city of Athens and will have seating for up to 2,000 guests, a restaurant and bar, an indoor and outdoor bar, and a spa.
The casino will also be owned by the state of Georgia, according to the bill.
The state’s largest casino operator, MGM Resorts International, will also play a role in running the casino, which will be privately held.
The company is set to be the exclusive operator of the casino for 20 years.
The legislation passed both chambers of the Legislature.