Georgia's governor signed Senate Bill 431, a bill intended to regulate Internet cafes by prohibiting "any promotion involving an element of chance which involves the playing of a game on a computer, mechanical device, or electronic device at a place of business in this state."  As we reported earlier, members of the promotions industry are concerned because the bill is ambiguous and broadly drafted and on its face appears to prohibit, among other things, cash prizes in all types of sweepstakes.  The bill became effective upon the Governor's signature.

We will notify you of any guidance provided by Georgia that may explain how it will be interpreted or enforced.