Charitable gaming; regulations of Charitable Gaming Board, report. (HB950)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Charitable gaming; regulations of the Charitable Gaming Board; prohibited acts.  Limits the number of bingo games per session to no more than 50; requires the Charitable Gaming Board to adopt regulations prescribing (i) the condition by which nonmembers of an organization may participate in the conduct of bingo so long as the nonmembers are under the direct supervision of a bona fide member of the organization during the bingo game and (ii) the minimum time interval required between the conduct of bingo games, which time shall not be less than 30 minutes; increases the number of Lucky 7 and other progressive bingo games from one to six per session; and eliminates winner-take-all games. The bill also requires that the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services shall report to the chairs of the House Committee on General Laws and the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology on or before December 1, 2010 concerning the Department's efforts to increase the number of Department-approved independent laboratory testers in order to expedite the Department's approval process for new charitable games. The bill is a recommendation of the Special Subcommittees of the House Committee on General Laws and the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2010Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/10 10101393D
01/13/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/25/2010Assigned GL sub: #3 ABC/Gaming
02/04/2010Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s) (7-Y 0-N)
02/09/2010Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2010Committee substitute printed 10104405D-H1
02/10/2010Read first time
02/10/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB950H1)
02/11/2010Read second time
02/11/2010Committee substitute agreed to 10104405D-H1
02/11/2010Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB950H1
02/12/2010Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (96-Y 0-N)
02/12/2010VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (96-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2010Constitutional reading dispensed
02/15/2010Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/24/2010Reported from General Laws and Technology (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2010Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2010Read third time
03/01/2010Reading of amendment waived
03/01/2010Amendment by Senator Quayle agreed to
03/01/2010Engrossed by Senate as amended
03/01/2010Passed Senate with amendment (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2010Placed on Calendar
03/03/2010Senate amendment rejected by House (1-Y 94-N)
03/03/2010VOTE: --- REJECTED (1-Y 94-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2010Senate insisted on amendment (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/05/2010Senate requested conference committee
03/08/2010House acceded to request
03/09/2010Conferees appointed by Senate
03/09/2010Senators: Barker, Vogel, Quayle
03/09/2010Conferees appointed by House
03/09/2010Delegates: Jones, Albo, Dance
03/12/2010Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/13/2010Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
03/13/2010VOTE: --- ADOPTION (93-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/22/2010Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB950ER)
03/22/2010Impact statement from DPB (HB950ER)
03/22/2010Signed by Speaker
03/25/2010Signed by President
04/11/2010G Approved by Governor-Chapter 429 (effective 7/1/10)
04/11/2010G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0429)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 6 clips in all, totaling 5 minutes.


Diane Fischer writes:

Vote NO on House Bill 950. Leave Bingo alone. What difference does it make if there are 55 games or 65 games in a session? Why make any changes? What is the reason behind these changes? This is the main social enjoyment for many people. For some it’s their ONLY activity. I for one think there should be fewer restrictions not more.
Diane Fischer
Virginia Beach, VA.

Patricia in Va Beach writes:

Vote NO on House Bill 950 or change it asap! This is getting ridiculous on how bingo is picked on and I, for one, will NOT forget whom introduced this bill or the followers to come in 2011. We need to ALL get involved more so we know in advance exactly the bills that are introduced by the people "we" put in office and how "we" feel about them rather than assume they'll represent us! Cut their pay instead of these type changes to make money to fix the budget!