Sports betting; clarifies certain procedures. (HB1847)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Sports betting. Directs the Virginia Lottery (the Lottery) in issuing permits to operate sports betting platforms to give substantial and preferred consideration to any applicant that provides any of the following: (i) a description of any equity interest owned by minority individuals or minority-owned businesses, (ii) a detailed plan to achieve increased minority equity investment, (iii) a description of all efforts made to seek equity investment from minority individuals or minority-owned businesses, or (iv) a plan detailing efforts made to solicit participation of minority individuals or minority-owned businesses in the applicant's purchase of goods and services related to the sports betting platform or to provide assistance to a historically disadvantaged community or historically black colleges and universities located within the Commonwealth. The bill clarifies the types of events on which sports betting is allowed and provides that a permit issued to a casino operator shall not count toward the maximum of 12 permits that the Director of the Lottery can issue. The bill makes technical amendments related to the interaction between sports betting law and casino gaming law. This bill is identical to SB 1254. Read the Bill »


03/25/2021: signed by governor


01/07/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100487D
01/07/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/12/2021Assigned GL sub: ABC/Gaming
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1847)
01/19/2021House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/19/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (7-Y 1-N)
01/21/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/21/2021Reported from General Laws with substitute (17-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2021Committee substitute printed 21103448D-H1
01/22/2021Read first time
01/25/2021Passed by for the day
01/25/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1847H1)
01/26/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/26/2021Read second time
01/26/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103448D-H1
01/26/2021Amendments by Delegate Scott withdrawn
01/26/2021Amendments by Delegate Scott agreed to
01/26/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amendment HB1847EH1
01/26/2021Printed as engrossed 21103448D-EH1
01/27/2021Read third time and passed House (67-Y 33-N)
01/27/2021VOTE: Passage (67-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1847EH1)
01/28/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
01/28/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in General Laws and Technology (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (12-Y 1-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Committee substitute printed 21200114D-S1
02/11/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1847S1)
02/12/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Read third time
02/15/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/15/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21200114D-S1
02/15/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB1847S1
02/15/2021Passed Senate with substitute (25-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Placed on Calendar
02/17/2021Senate substitute rejected by House 21200114D-S1 (0-Y 97-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Senate insisted on substitute (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/2021Senate requested conference committee
02/22/2021House acceded to request
02/22/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/22/2021Delegates: Sickles, Torian, Knight
02/23/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/2021Senators: McPike, Mason, Pillion
02/25/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/25/2021Conference report agreed to by House (61-Y 28-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: Agreed To (61-Y 28-N)
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (28-Y 10-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1847ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/12/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB1847ER)
03/15/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 15, 2021
03/15/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/25/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 351 (effective 7/1/21)
03/25/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0351)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB1254.