Virginia Racing Commission; powers, definitions, advance deposit account wagering revenues. (SB1097)

Introduced By

Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-Winchester) with support from co-patron Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Racing Commission (VRC); powers. Revises the Virginia horse racing statute in light of Colonial Downs' surrender of its unlimited license to own and operate the racetrack in New Kent County and the nine satellite facilities (OTBs) in Virginia. Specifically, the bill (i) revises the definition of licensee to permit any licensee to own or operate a satellite facility; (ii) adds a definition of recognized majority horsemen's group to clarify that the VRC determines which organizations represent horse owners and trainers at race meets; (iii) reduces and reallocates the source market fee paid by online wagering companies (account wagering) licensed by the VRC, with four percent formerly payable to Colonial Downs going to a nonprofit industry stakeholder organization for specified and VRC-approved purposes; and (iv) establishes a simulcast escrow fund to allow OTB wagering to continue in absence of a contract between a licensee and a recognized majority horsemen's group. The bill contains technical amendments. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/13/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15103456D
01/13/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/23/2015Assigned GL&T sub: #2
02/05/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1097)
02/09/2015Committee substitute printed 15104946D-S1
02/09/2015Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Read second time
02/10/2015Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2015Committee substitute agreed to 15104946D-S1
02/10/2015Reading of amendment waived
02/10/2015Amendment by Senator Vogel agreed to
02/10/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute with amendment SB1097ES1
02/10/2015Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Amendment by Senator Vogel reconsidered (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Amendment by Senator Vogel rejected
02/10/2015Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1097S1
02/10/2015Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2015Passed Senate (31-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2015Placed on Calendar
02/12/2015Read first time
02/12/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/16/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1097S1)
02/17/2015Reported from General Laws (20-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2015Read second time
02/19/2015Read third time
02/19/2015Passed House (81-Y 18-N)
02/19/2015VOTE: PASSAGE (81-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2015Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1097ER)
02/24/2015Signed by Speaker
02/25/2015Impact statement from DPB (SB1097ER)
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Monday, March 30, 2015
02/26/2015Signed by President
02/26/2015Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/26/15
02/26/2015G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, Sunday, March 29, 2015
03/27/2015Governor's recommendation received by Senate
04/14/2015Placed on Calendar
04/15/2015Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015Reconsideration of Governor's recommendation agreed to (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (29-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015House concurred in Governor's recommendation (71-Y 25-N 1-A)
04/15/2015VOTE: ADOPTION (71-Y 25-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
04/15/2015G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/15/2015Reenrolled bill text (SB1097ER2)
04/15/2015Signed by President as reenrolled
04/15/2015Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/15/2015Enacted, Chapter 751 (effective 7/1/15)
04/15/2015G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0751)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 2 clips in all, totaling 7 minutes.