Virginia Lottery; powers and duties of Board, sports betting, etc. (HB896)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Dawn Adams (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sports betting; Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund; penalties. Directs the Virginia Lottery (the Lottery) to regulate sports betting. The bill prohibits the Lottery from issuing any permits to conduct sports betting until it has developed and published a consumer protection bill of rights. Before administering a sports betting operation, an entity is required to apply for a three-year permit and pay a nonrefundable application fee of $250,000. Permit holders must apply for renewal of a permit every three years, which includes a nonrefundable renewal fee of $200,000. The Director of the Virginia Lottery may issue from four to 12 permits at one time and is directed to issue a number of permits that will maximize tax revenue collected pursuant to the bill. In issuing permits, the Director is required to give preferred consideration to applicants that are (i) certain major league sports franchises and (ii) certain casino operators. The bill prohibits betting on Virginia college sports and youth sports and prohibits proposition bets on all college sports. The bill prohibits betting by Lottery employees, permit holders and certain related persons, athletes and coaches with respect to events in their league, and persons under age 21. The penalty for engaging in prohibited betting is a Class 1 misdemeanor. The bill prohibits betting on the biometric data of an athlete without his consent and includes provisions for the Lottery to investigate prohibited conduct, such as attempting to influence an athlete or the outcome of an athletic event. The bill directs the Lottery to establish a voluntary exclusion program, which allows individuals to request that the Lottery exclude them from engaging in various kinds of betting activity. The bill allows the governing body of a sports league to request that the Lottery (a) limit or prohibit people from betting on events of the league that it governs and (b) restrict the information sources used to resolve bets that are placed after a sports event has begun. The bill imposes a 15 percent tax on a permit holder's adjusted gross revenue, defined in the bill. The bill authorizes permit holders to carry over and deduct net losses for up to 12 months. The bill creates the Problem Gambling Treatment and Support Fund, administered by the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. The Fund is established to provide counseling to compulsive gamblers, implement problem gambling treatment and prevention programs, and provide grants to organizations that assist problem gamblers. The Fund is funded by 2.5 percent of the revenue generated from sports betting, with the remaining 97.5 percent accruing to the general fund. This bill is identical to SB 384. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/07/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20103186D
01/07/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2020Assigned GL sub: ABC/Gaming
01/28/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 1-N)
01/28/2020Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee on Appropriations
01/30/2020Reported from General Laws with substitute (14-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2020Committee substitute printed 20107059D-H1
01/30/2020Incorporates HB911 (Simon)
01/30/2020Referred to Committee on Appropriations
01/31/2020Assigned App. sub: Compensation & General Government
02/04/2020House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (5-Y 1-N)
02/05/2020Reported from Appropriations with substitute (19-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2020Committee substitute printed 20107404D-H2
02/05/2020Incorporates HB911 (Simon)
02/06/2020Read first time
02/07/2020Read second time
02/07/2020Committee on General Laws substitute rejected 20107059D-H1
02/07/2020Committee on Appropriations substitute agreed to 20107404D-H2
02/07/2020Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB896H2
02/07/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB896H2)
02/10/2020Read third time and passed House (70-Y 27-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage (70-Y 27-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/10/2020Passed House (69-Y 29-N)
02/10/2020VOTE: Passage #2 (69-Y 29-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2020Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/18/2020Assigned GL&T sub: Gaming
02/19/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2020Committee substitute printed 20108691D-S1
02/19/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/21/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB896S1)
02/25/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (12-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 93-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Read third time
02/26/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/26/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20108691D-S1
02/26/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB896S1
02/26/2020Passed Senate with substitute (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate substitute rejected by House 20108691D-S1 (0-Y 93-N)
02/26/2020VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 93-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Senate requested conference committee
02/27/2020House acceded to request
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by House
02/27/2020Delegates: Sickles, Simon, Morefield
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
02/27/2020Senators: McPike, Mason, Pillion
03/07/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/07/2020First Conference substitute printed 20109592D-H3
03/07/2020Conference report rejected by House (40-Y 56-N)
03/07/2020VOTE: REJECTED (40-Y 56-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020House requested second conference committee
03/07/2020Senate acceded to request for second conference committee (33-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Second conferees appointed by Senate
03/07/2020Senators: McPike, Mason, Pillion
03/07/2020Second conferees appointed by House
03/07/2020Delegates: Sickles, Simon, Morefield
03/07/2020Second Conference substitute printed 20109891D-H4
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by House (59-Y 35-N)
03/08/2020VOTE: Adoption (59-Y 35-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (29-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
03/13/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB896H4)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB896ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Impact statement from DPB (HB896ER)
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
03/20/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
04/11/2020Governor's recommendation received by House
04/22/2020Placed on Calendar
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (64-Y 30-N)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (27-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (HB896ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1218 (effective 7/1/20)
04/22/2020VOTE: (64-Y 30-N)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1218)
05/01/2020VOTE: (64-Y 30-N)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 45 seconds.