Sports betting; clarifies certain procedures. (SB1254)

Introduced By

Sen. Jeremy McPike (D-Dale City)


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 HB 1847. Read the Bill »


03/25/2021: signed by governor


01/12/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100962D
01/12/2021Referred to Committee on Finance and Appropriations
01/18/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1254)
01/27/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1254S1)
01/27/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
01/27/2021Committee substitute printed 21103733D-S1
01/27/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations with substitute (10-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
01/28/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2021Read second time
01/29/2021Reading of substitute waived
01/29/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21103733D-S1
01/29/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB1254S1
02/01/2021Read third time and passed Senate (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Placed on Calendar
02/05/2021Read first time
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in General Laws
02/11/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1254S1)
02/11/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/11/2021Reported from General Laws with amendment(s) (16-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Read second time
02/16/2021Read second time
02/16/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/16/2021Engrossed by House as amended
02/16/2021Passed House with amendments (67-Y 32-N)
02/16/2021VOTE: Passage (67-Y 32-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021House amendments rejected by Senate (0-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/19/2021Senators: McPike, Petersen, Ruff
02/19/2021House insisted on amendments
02/19/2021House requested conference committee
02/23/2021Senate acceded to request (38-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/2021Senators: McPike, Petersen, Ruff
02/24/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/24/2021Delegates: Sickles, Torian, Knight
02/25/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/25/2021Conference report agreed to by House (68-Y 29-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: Agreed To (68-Y 29-N)
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (26-Y 13-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1254ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
03/12/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1254ER)
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 352 (effective 7/1/21)
03/25/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0352)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1847.