Virginia Casino Gaming Commission; regulation of casino gaming, penalties. (SB32)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Casino Gaming Commission; regulation of casino gaming; penalties. Creates the Virginia Casino Gaming Commission as the licensing body for casino gaming. The bill specifies the licensing requirements for casino gaming and imposes penalties for violations of the casino gaming law. The bill also requires the Commission to establish a voluntary exclusion program allowing persons to voluntarily exclude themselves from the gaming areas of facilities under the jurisdiction of the Commission. Under the bill, casino gambling shall be limited to localities in which at least 40 percent of the land area is exempt from local real property taxation pursuant to federal law or subdivisions (a) (1) through (a) 5 and (a) 7 of Section 6 of Article X of the Constitution of Virginia. The bill requires proceeds of the gross receipts tax and admission tax imposed on casino gaming operators to be paid as follows: (i) 10 percent to the locality in which the casino gaming operation is located and (ii) 90 percent into the Toll Mitigation Fund, established by the bill, which shall be used to mitigate the tolls established to support construction and maintenance of the Dominion Boulevard Bridge and Roadway Improvement Project and the Downtown Tunnel/Midtown Tunnel/Martin Luther King Freeway Extension Project. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/14/2015Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16100321D
12/14/2015Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/09/2016Impact statement from VCSC (SB32)
01/25/2016Assigned GL&T sub: #1
02/01/2016Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (9-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)