GEORGIA NAACP OPPOSES LEGALIZATION OF SPORTS GAMBLING IN GEORGIA

March 31, 2021

Media Contact: Tequeria Barrett / comms@naacpga.org

Atlanta, GA –– As the Georgia General Assembly adjourns for the year, Georgia NAACP has come out in full opposition to to Senate Resolution 135 - and any other legislation that proposes legalizing sports gambling in Georgia. “We urge ALL members of the Georgia General Assembly, particularly those of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, to vote NO on S.R. 135,” says Rev. James Woodall, State President of the Georgia NAACP.

This opposition comes both in the state’s response to COVID-19 where Georgia currently ranks 50th in the nation for vaccinations and in the wake of the signing of Senate Bill 202, where Republicans in the General Assembly expeditiously pushed election reform measures that the Georgia NAACP has since challenged constitutionally in a federal lawsuit.


Over the past thirty-six [36] hours we have attempted to communicate directly with Democratic and Republican leadership about our frustrations. We have provided legislative leadership opportunity after opportunity to proactively work with us in meaningful ways that would uplift and benefit all Georgians.


“If they expect to earn our support on corporate issues that will make rich people wealthier, our expectations is that they, too, work with us on uplifting our community through meaningful policy objectives like Medicaid Expansion and the Earned Income Tax Credit,” he concludes.

### About The Georgia NAACP

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has had an unbroken presence in Georgia since 1917. The Georgia NAACP maintains a network of units throughout Georgia, from cities to small rural counties. The Georgia NAACP has been the most effective and consistent advocate for African American civil rights in Georgia. You can read more about the Georgia NAACP’s work and mission at naacpga.org.

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