Horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering; definition of 'historical horse racing.' (HB1609)

Introduced By

Del. Michael Webert (R-Marshall) with support from 9 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell), Del. Matthew James (D-Portsmouth), Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Paul Krizek (D-Alexandria), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville), Del. Charles Poindexter (R-Glade Hill), Del. Roxann Robinson (R-Chesterfield), Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria), Sen. John Bell (D-Chantilly)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Horse racing and pari-mutuel wagering. Establishes historical horse racing as a form of horse racing. The bill defines historical horse racing as a form of racing that creates pari-mutuel pools from wagers placed on previously conducted horse races and is hosted at (i) a racetrack owned or operated by a significant infrastructure limited licensee or (ii) a satellite facility that is owned or operated by (a) a significant infrastructure limited licensee or (b) the nonprofit industry stakeholder organization recognized by the Virginia Racing Commission and licensed to own or operate such satellite facilities. The bill establishes retainage fees similar to those already in existence for horse racing and provides for the Commission to promulgate emergency regulations. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/29/2018Unanimous consent to introduce
01/29/2018Presented and ordered printed 18106257D
01/29/2018Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2018Assigned App. sub: Commerce, Agriculture, Natural Resources & Technology
02/07/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
02/09/2018Reported from Appropriations with substitute (21-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2018Committee substitute printed 18106560D-H1
02/10/2018Read first time
02/12/2018Read second time
02/12/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18106560D-H1
02/12/2018Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB1609H1
02/13/2018Read third time and passed House (79-Y 21-N)
02/13/2018VOTE: PASSAGE (79-Y 21-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/14/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/19/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1609H1)
02/19/2018Reported from General Laws and Technology (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2018Rereferred to Finance
02/27/2018Reported from Finance with amendment (12-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Read third time
02/28/2018Committee amendment rejected
02/28/2018Pending question ordered (23-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2018Passed Senate (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
03/01/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1609ER)
03/01/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1609ER)
03/01/2018Signed by Speaker
03/03/2018Signed by President
03/07/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 7, 2018
03/07/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/09/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 811 (effective 7/1/18)
04/09/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0811)