Virginia Casino Gaming Commission; regulation of casino gaming; penalties. (SB1010)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patron Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond)


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 (the 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 gaming is 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 Article X, Section 6 of the Constitution of Virginia. In addition, the bill establishes the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund administered by the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services to provide counseling and other support services for compulsive and problem gamblers, develop problem gambling treatment and prevention programs, and provide grants to supporting organizations that provide assistance to compulsive gamblers. The bill requires proceeds of the gross receipts tax and admission tax imposed on casino gaming operators to be paid as follows: (i) one percent into the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund, ii) 10 percent to the locality in which the casino gaming operation is located, and (iii) 89 percent into the Toll Mitigation Fund, 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


01/04/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100706D
01/04/2017Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/12/2017Impact statement from VCSC (SB1010)
01/23/2017Impact statement from DPB (SB1010)
01/23/2017Committee amendments
01/23/2017Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)


frank papcin writes:

a billion dollars a year is gambled out of our state--[ not know how much is lost in other states ]-- makes me want our state to at least try and recover part of that money.
our laws do not stop gambling-- the only control it forcing people to do the gambling our state allows or ravel out of state to gamble the way the people want
anyone can catch a bus from most cities to go gambling out of state.EVERY WEEK.
it's only a mater of time before North Carolina builds a casino just south of our area -- IF WE DON'T FIRST.-- causing us to lose even more money.
where the money goes?-- to do away with tolls all over the state on highway projects.
more than 1 casino in the state.--our state is surrounded with casino's out of state.
----and you politicians let them, with some stupid moral reasons that do not prevent anything, that only controls a portion of the gambling our people in our state do regardless of any laws you present or deny
stop punishing commuters that you politicians are forcing to commute further & further away from the homes they can afford to live in.
the state of CT has 2 casinos and ---NO TOLLS AT ALL,
new roads all over the state, a new state of the arts bridge, getting awards, all without tolls.
they have-- 95-- 91-- 15-- 84-- rt.8--rt 25--rt.7 etc-- new roads-- we have excuses.
and toll even adjustable tolls that only go up.

Eunice writes:

Tired of va legislative telling me what I don't need and do something about what Virginian want. This state tax us to death for every bit of everything, Virginian needs to have a place to go to get some relief from the outrages taxing.
People in state of Virginia should have a say on whether they want casinos.
So we Virginians can stay home to gamble and keep our money in our state to take care our on schools,roads, tolls etc.