Virginia Racing Commission; authorizes wagering on horse historical racing. (SB1347)

Introduced By

Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Racing Commission; simulcast horse racing; allocations.  Authorizes wagering on historical horse racing.  The bill also allocates the proceeds from such racing with fifty percent of the proceeds distributed to the Commonwealth Transportation Trust Fund and the remaining fifty percent distributed to other entities.  In addition, the bill (i) requires the existing race track to provide gambling educational programs including information on the availability of gambling addiction counseling and (ii) requires the promulgation of emergency regulations Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11101507D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/26/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1347)
01/26/2011Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2011Committee substitute printed 11104751D-S1
01/26/2011Incorporates SB1438
01/26/2011Rereferred to Finance
01/31/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1347S1)
02/02/2011Reported from Finance with amendment (9-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2011Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2011Read second time
02/04/2011Reading of substitute waived
02/04/2011Committee substitute agreed to 11104751D-S1
02/04/2011Reading of amendment waived
02/04/2011Committee amendment agreed to
02/04/2011Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB1347ES1
02/04/2011Printed as engrossed 11104751D-ES1
02/07/2011Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2011Placed on Calendar
02/09/2011Read first time
02/09/2011Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/10/2011Impact statement from DPB (SB1347ES1)
02/14/2011Assigned GL sub: #3 ABC/Gaming
02/17/2011Subcommittee recommends laying on the table
02/22/2011Left in General Laws


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 2 minutes.


stephen writes:

Lottery tickets are enough, keep the betting in maryland.

Nick Skias writes:

I really cannot understand why people are afraid for this type of a bill to come to fruition in the state. It has been introduced in the past, but has never left the house, thanks to Speaker Howell. What are people afraid of?

Bubberella writes:

I'm not a gambler and don't much care if others are. But this running situation has just about made horse racing in Virgina unsustainable. If Virginia wants to be competitive and offer purses sufficient to attract talent, it needs other revenue sources. If Howell wants to kill racing in Virginia, why not just get it over with rather than starving the program to death slowly?

Nick writes:

I agree with Bubberella. It was the state legislature that allowed horse racing in the state, but is now allowing it a slow death. If they do not want to support it as they do other gambling revenue streams such as the lottery, then put it out of it's misery.