Virginia Casino Gaming Commission; regulation of casino gaming, penalties. (SB90)

Introduced By

Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth) with support from co-patrons Del. Elizabeth Guzman (D-Dale City), and Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


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. Casino gaming shall be limited to localities that have passed a referendum on the question of allowing casino gaming in the locality. 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. 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


12/11/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18100695D
12/11/2017Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
12/15/2017Impact statement from VCSC (SB90)
01/15/2018Impact statement from DPB (SB90)
01/22/2018Committee substitute printed to LIS only 18105564D-S1
01/22/2018Passed by indefinitely in General Laws and Technology (8-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/23/2018Impact statement from VCSC (SB90S1)