Casino gaming; eligible host cities, limits on local referendums. (SB203)

Introduced By

Sen. Joe Morrissey (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Kim Taylor (R-Dinwiddie)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Casino gaming; eligible host cities; limits on local referendums. Adds Petersburg to the list of cities eligible to host a casino in the Commonwealth. The bill also provides that the governing body of any eligible host city that holds a local referendum on the question of whether casino gaming should be permitted in such city that subsequently fails shall be prohibited from holding another local referendum on the same question for a period of five years from the date of the last referendum. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22100709D
01/10/2022Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/26/2022Assigned GL&T sub: Gaming
01/26/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB203)
01/31/2022Senate subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2022Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/02/2022Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2022Committee substitute printed 22105509D-S1
02/02/2022Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations
02/08/2022Impact statement from DPB (SB203S1)
02/10/2022Failed to report (defeated) in Finance and Appropriations (7-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB1134.


Christopher Woody writes:

Hello, Delegate Kim Taylor,

I would like to VOTE NO for this bill. 5 years wont let Petersburg get an operating gaming license.

stuart martin spears writes:

I agree that this bill should get a NO Vote

Jason Brown writes:

I vote NO! 5 years is not enough time to allow Petersburgh to get a license. Therefore this is a stalling tactic to hold the people of Richmond from progressing.

Charles Page writes:

I vote NO
Richmond will benefit from this casino more than Petersburg. I talked to some of the people who supported One and still supports one casino in Richmond they wanted jobs that would have paid them 55,000 a year, the fact that people would be able to make enough money so that generational wealth would be introduced to families that are living paycheck to pay check and struggling to live a better life, a 25.5 million dollar check would have been presented to Richmond if people voted yes to the project that could have been used for the improvement of Richmond Public Schools , Richmond City Roads , and even some affordable homes in Richmond.

R. Robinson writes:

I lived in Richmond all my life; born and raised. I love our democracy and the ideal that the government yeilds to the vote. It gives people a seat at the table and allows their voices to be heard peacefully. I believe in that and its healthy for a government to ALWAYS exercise that in my opinion. I also love how we are a democracy of second chances when it comes to legislation(s), candidates/elected officials, or referendums. I've come to appreciate and believe in that as well. We have elections every year in Virginia; this senate and its committees consistently vote on bills in which some are reintroduced with changes. That shows democracy's resilience!!

I vote NO and oppose SB203. It's an excessive bill!! This and HB1134 should be voted down. In the times that we live in, we cannot afford to pass a bill like this that would allow a lack of democracy and robs another seat at the table for Richmonders to express themselves. Richmond City Council voted overwhelmingly (8-1) to have this referendum after a good portion of Richmond voters signed a petition to have another vote which is their first amendment right!! It's enshrine and inscribed in the U.S. Constitution, Virginia's Constitution, and law in the VA Department of Elections. There's nothing wrong with people showing grievance towards an issue. I ask and hope that this committee and its senators stand with me and thousands others like me in solidarity as citizens of this Commonwealth that we all love. Vote NO to SB203.

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