Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. (HB4)

Introduced By

Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach) with support from co-patron Del. Steve Heretick (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming. Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. The bill specifies the requirements for licensure of casino gaming operators and the conduct of casino gaming and imposes criminal and civil penalties for violations of the casino gaming law. The location of casino gaming establishments shall be limited to eligible host cities that meet specified criteria: the Cities of Portsmouth, Richmond, Norfolk, Danville, and Bristol. The bill requires each eligible host city to hold a referendum on the question of whether to allow casino gaming in the city and to hold such referendum at the November 2020 general election. The bill imposes a two-tier tax structure, with taxes ranging from 15 to 28 percent of the adjusted gross receipts of licensees based on the amount of capital investment that the licensee has made in the casino gaming establishment, and provides for the disbursement of tax revenues. The bill requires the Board to establish a voluntary exclusion program allowing individuals to voluntarily list themselves as being barred from entering a casino gaming establishment or other facility under the jurisdiction of the Board. The bill establishes the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund, administered by the Commissioner of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, and the Virginia Indigenous People's Trust Fund, both of which are funded by proceeds from the casino gaming tax revenues. The bill also establishes the Regional Improvement Commission, consisting of a representative of each jurisdiction composing the transportation district in which the City of Bristol is located, to receive disbursements of gaming tax revenues and to prioritize and fund improvements in those jurisdictions. The bill requires the Virginia Racing Commission to authorize an additional 600 historical horse racing terminals each time a local referendum held by an eligible host city is approved, provided that the total number of additional machines shall not exceed 2,500 statewide, and includes other provisions relating to the placement of horse racing terminals in the Commonwealth. The bill incorporates HB 374, HB 428, HB 560, HB 1343, and HB 1661. Read the Bill »


02/19/2020: passed committee


11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101085D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2020Assigned GL sub: ABC/Gaming
02/03/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB4)
02/04/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (6-Y 1-N)
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
02/06/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (11-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Committee substitute printed 20107727D-H1
02/06/2020Incorporates HB1343 (Bourne)
02/06/2020Incorporates HB1661 (Carr)
02/06/2020Incorporates HB374 (Kilgore)
02/06/2020Incorporates HB560 (Lindsey)
02/06/2020Incorporates HB428 (Scott)
02/07/2020Assigned App. sub: Transportation & Public Safety
02/07/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/07/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendments (7-Y 1-N)
02/07/2020Reported from Appropriations with amendments (17-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2020Read first time
02/10/2020Impact statement from VCSC (HB4H1)
02/10/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Committee on General Laws substitute agreed to 20107727D-H1
02/10/2020Committee on Appropriations amendments agreed to
02/10/2020Amendment by Delegate Bourne agreed to
02/10/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendments HB4EH1
02/10/2020Printed as engrossed 20107727D-EH1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed House (61-Y 33-N)
02/11/2020VOTE: Passage (61-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/12/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/18/2020Assigned GL&T sub: Gaming
02/19/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB4EH1)
02/19/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (11-Y 1-N)
02/19/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations


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