Illegal gambling; definitions, skill games. (SB971)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Sen. Tommy Norment (R-Williamsburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Illegal gambling; skill games; exception. Includes the playing or offering for play of any skill game in the definition of "illegal gambling." The bill also includes skill games within the definition of "gambling devices." The bill defines a "skill game" as an electronic, computerized, or mechanical contrivance, terminal, machine, or other device that requires the insertion of a coin, currency, ticket, token, or similar object to operate, activate, or play a game, the outcome of which is determined by any element of skill of the player and that may deliver or entitle the person playing or operating the device to receive cash; cash equivalents, gift cards, vouchers, billets, tickets, tokens, or electronic credits to be exchanged for cash; merchandise; or anything of value whether the payoff is made automatically from the device or manually. The bill exempts family entertainment centers from the prohibition against the playing or offering of any skill game, provided the prize won or distributed to a player by the skill games offered by such centers is a noncash, merchandise prize or a voucher, billet, ticket, token, or electronic credit redeemable only for a noncash, merchandise prize that also meets certain other requirements. This bill incorporates SB 908 and SB 909 and is identical to HB 881. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/15/2020Presented and ordered printed 20105453D
01/15/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/16/2020Impact statement from VCSC (SB971)
01/21/2020Assigned GL&T sub: Gaming
01/29/2020Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (13-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2020Incorporates SB908 (Norment)
01/29/2020Incorporates SB909 (Norment)
01/29/2020Committee substitute printed 20106113D-S1
01/29/2020Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
01/30/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB971S1)
02/05/2020Reported from Finance and Appropriations (14-Y 2-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2020Floor substitute printed 20107973D-S2 (Ruff)
02/07/2020Passed by for the day
02/10/2020Read second time
02/10/2020Substitute by Senator Ruff withdrawn 20107973D-S2
02/10/2020Reading of substitute waived
02/10/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20106113D-S1
02/10/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB971S1
02/11/2020Read third time and passed Senate (31-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/14/2020Placed on Calendar
02/14/2020Read first time
02/14/2020Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/14/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB971S2)
02/18/2020Reported from General Laws with amendments (17-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2020Read second time
02/21/2020Read third time
02/21/2020Committee amendments agreed to
02/21/2020Engrossed by House as amended
02/21/2020Passed House with amendments (63-Y 29-N 1-A)
02/21/2020VOTE: Passage (63-Y 29-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/25/2020Passed by for the day
02/26/2020House amendments rejected by Senate (1-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020House insisted on amendments
02/26/2020House requested conference committee
02/26/2020Senate acceded to request (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/26/2020Conferees appointed by Senate
02/26/2020Senators: Howell, McPike, Norment
02/27/2020Conferees appointed by House
02/27/2020Delegates: Bulova, Carr, Knight
03/05/2020C Amended by conference committee
03/05/2020Conference report agreed to by House (78-Y 16-N 2-A)
03/05/2020VOTE: Adoption (78-Y 16-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
03/07/2020Passed by temporarily
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (28-Y 11-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Reconsideration of conference report agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/08/2020Conference report agreed to by Senate (27-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
03/18/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB971ER)
03/18/2020Signed by President
03/19/2020Signed by Speaker
03/20/2020Impact statement from DPB (SB971ER)
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 Senate
04/11/2020Governor's substitute printed 20110199D-S3
04/22/2020Amendments specific and severable (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (32-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
04/22/2020House concurred in Governor's recommendation (76-Y 16-N)
04/22/2020VOTE: (76-Y 16-N)
04/22/2020G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/22/2020Reenrolled bill text (SB971ER2)
04/22/2020Signed by President as reenrolled
04/22/2020Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/22/2020Enacted, Chapter 1277 (effective - see bill)
04/22/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP1277)
05/01/2020VOTE: (76-Y 16-N)