Illegal gambling; skill games, enforcement by localities and Attorney General, civil penalty. (HB2168)

Introduced By

Del. Don Scott (D-Portsmouth)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Illegal gambling; skill games; civil penalty; enforcement by localities and Attorney General. Provides that any person who conducts, finances, manages, supervises, directs, or owns a gambling device that is located in an unregulated location is subject to a civil penalty of up to $25,000. The bill provides that the Attorney General, an attorney for the Commonwealth, or the attorney for any locality may cause an action in equity to be brought in the name of the Commonwealth or of the locality, as applicable, to enjoin the operation of a gambling device in violation of this section and may request attachment against all such devices and any moneys within such devices. The bill provides that any civil penalties brought in the name of the Commonwealth shall be paid into the Literary Fund and that any civil penalties brought in the name of a locality shall be paid into the general fund of the locality. The bill also provides that any organization or person that conducted bingo, network bingo, instant bingo, pull tabs, seal cards, raffles, duck races, Texas Hold'em poker tournaments, or regulated gaming outside of the county, city, or town in which the organization's or person's principal office or registered agent, as registered with the State Corporation Commission, is located or outside of an adjoining county, city, or town on or before February 1, 2021, may continue such activities only at those locations until June 30, 2022. Read the Bill »


04/07/2021: enacted


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101270D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/19/2021Assigned Courts sub: Criminal
01/21/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2168)
01/29/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Read second time
02/02/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/02/2021Engrossed by House as amended HB2168E
02/02/2021Printed as engrossed 21101270D-E
02/03/2021Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/03/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (98-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/03/2021Passed House BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/03/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage #2 (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
02/04/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2168E)
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Judiciary (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/10/2021Reported from Judiciary with amendments (13-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/12/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Read third time
02/15/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/15/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/15/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/15/2021Passed Senate with amendments (36-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Placed on Calendar
02/17/2021Senate amendments rejected by House (2-Y 97-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: REJECTED (2-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Senate insisted on amendments (38-Y 0-N)
02/19/2021Senate requested conference committee
02/19/2021House acceded to request
02/19/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/19/2021Delegates: Scott, Edmunds, Heretick
02/19/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/19/2021Senators: Reeves, Morrissey, Stanley
02/24/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/24/2021Conference substitute printed 21200595D-H1
02/24/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N 1-A)
02/24/2021Conference report agreed to by House (93-Y 0-N)
02/24/2021VOTE: Agreed To (93-Y 0-N)
02/26/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB2168ER)
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
02/27/2021Signed by President
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 20201
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/02/2021Impact statement from DPB (HB2168ER)
03/18/2021Governor's recommendation received by House
03/31/2021Governor's recommendation received by House
04/07/2021Placed on Calendar
04/07/2021House concurred in Governor's recommendation (76-Y 23-N)
04/07/2021VOTE: Adoption (76-Y 23-N)
04/07/2021Senate concurred in Governor's recommendation (28-Y 11-N 1-A)
04/07/2021G Governor's recommendation adopted
04/07/2021Reenrolled bill text (HB2168ER2)
04/07/2021Signed by Speaker as reenrolled
04/07/2021Signed by President as reenrolled
04/07/2021Enacted, Chapter 546 (effective 7/1/21)
04/07/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0546)