Illegal gambling; skill games, definitions, enforcement by localities and Attorney General. (SB1465)

Introduced By

Sen. Bryce Reeves (R-Spotsylvania) with support from co-patrons Sen. Monty Mason (D-Williamsburg), and Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond)


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 the provisions of the bill 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. Read the Bill »


03/24/2021: signed by governor


01/22/2021Presented and ordered printed 21102212D
01/22/2021Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/29/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1465)
02/01/2021Reported from Judiciary with amendments (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/03/2021Reported from Finance and Appropriations (16-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Read second time
02/04/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/04/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/04/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1465E
02/04/2021Printed as engrossed 21102212D-E
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1465E)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Read first time
02/07/2021Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Courts of Justice
02/12/2021House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/12/2021Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment(s) (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Read second time
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/17/2021Engrossed by House as amended
02/17/2021Passed House with amendments BLOCK VOTE (99-Y 0-N)
02/17/2021VOTE: Block Vote Passage (99-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2021House amendments rejected by Senate (0-Y 37-N)
02/22/2021House insisted on amendments
02/22/2021House requested conference committee
02/23/2021Senate acceded to request (39-Y 0-N)
02/23/2021Conferees appointed by Senate
02/23/2021Senators: Reeves, Stanley, Morrissey
02/24/2021Conferees appointed by House
02/24/2021Delegates: Scott, Edmunds, Heretick
02/25/2021C Amended by conference committee
02/25/2021Conference report agreed to by House (92-Y 7-N)
02/25/2021VOTE: Agreed To (92-Y 7-N)
02/27/2021Conference report agreed to by Senate (36-Y 0-N 2-A)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1465ER)
03/09/2021Signed by President
03/10/2021Impact statement from DPB (SB1465ER)
03/11/2021Signed by Speaker
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
03/24/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 329 (effective 7/1/21)
03/24/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0329)