Recorded simulcast horse racing; State to receive certain percentage. (SB1410)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Recorded simulcast horse racing; allocations to Commonwealth Transportation Trust Fund. Provides for simulcast of and wagering on recorded horse races and further provides that, after payment of prizes, 49 percent of proceeds from such races shall be distributed to the Commonwealth Transportation Trust Fund. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/19/2007Presented and ordered printed 078833780
01/19/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/24/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1410)
01/29/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1410)
02/01/2007Committee substitute printed 071599780-S1
02/02/2007Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
02/02/2007VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2007Read second time
02/05/2007Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2007Committee substitute agreed to 071599780-S1
02/05/2007Reading of amendments waived
02/05/2007Amendments by Senator Norment agreed to
02/05/2007Reading of amendment waived
02/05/2007Amendment by Senator Cuccinelli agreed to
02/05/2007Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendments SB1410ES1
02/05/2007Printed as engrossed 071599780-ES1
02/06/2007Read third time
02/06/2007Passed Senate (23-Y 14-N 2-A)
02/06/2007VOTE: (23-Y 14-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/06/2007Communicated to House
02/08/2007Placed on Calendar
02/08/2007Read first time
02/08/2007Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/13/2007Impact statement from DPB (SB1410ES1)
02/15/2007Tabled in General Laws


Rev. David Williams writes:

There's no doubt that Virginia needs to deal with transportation issues...our infrastructure is crumbling and inadequate.

But expanding the "gaming industry" in VA isn't the answer. It amounts to a regressive tax, one that falls most heavily on folks who can't afford it and who gamble out of loneliness, desperation, or addiction. I'm surprised to see this coming from a GOP Senator, particularly in conservative and mostly Christian VA, where the party is supposedly the defender of traditional values.

Nick Skias writes:

Lets be honest about the merits of this bill. If Virginia was truly the defender of traditional values as you state and wish to protect us from the gaming industry, then please lead the charge against bingo in churches and also ask for the end to the state lottery.
This is coming from a life long republican but I get tired of others choosing when they want to preach for traditional values. I am anot lonly, desperate or addicted. I like going to the horsetrack and the OTBs. Sometimes I gamble and sometimes i watch. It is my choice.
As we move on in this century, Virginia is becoming less a conservative state. Just look at the recent elections. By the wat gambling on horses has a rich tradition in this state going back to our founding fathers, so thank God they did not express that same opinion.