Gaming in the Commonwealth; prohibition on use of term 'casino' by non-casino gaming operators. (HB195)

Introduced By

Del. Marty Martinez (D-Leesburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Gaming in the Commonwealth; prohibition on use of term "casino" by non-casino gaming operators; civil penalties. Prohibits any applicant for licensure or any person licensed or permitted to conduct charitable gaming, horse racing, or sports betting in the Commonwealth from using the term "casino" in its entity name, in any advertisement in association with its product or service, or in any manner prohibited by regulation. The bill provides for a civil penalty of up to $50,000 for each violation. Read the Bill »


According to the fiscal impact statement, it is not possible to estimate the cost of this legislation on state revenue because it is not possible to determine the number of civil penalties that may be assessed under this bill.

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Bill Has Failed


01/03/2024Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/24 24100598D
01/03/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/2024Assigned GL sub: ABC/Gaming
01/16/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB195)
01/16/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2024House subcommittee amendments and substitutes offered
01/23/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (8-Y 0-N)
01/23/2024Subcommittee recommends referring to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/2024Reported from General Laws with substitute (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/25/2024Committee substitute printed 24105905D-H1
01/25/2024Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/29/2024Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/30/2024Impact statement from DPB (HB195H1)
01/31/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (7-Y 1-N)
02/02/2024Reported from Courts of Justice (17-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2024Read first time
02/07/2024Read second time
02/07/2024Committee substitute agreed to 24105905D-H1
02/07/2024Engrossed by House - committee substitute HB195H1
02/08/2024Read third time and passed House (84-Y 14-N)
02/08/2024VOTE: Passage (84-Y 14-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Constitutional reading dispensed
02/09/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/21/2024Failed to report (defeated) in General Laws and Technology (7-Y 7-N 1-A) (see vote tally)


Ron Quasebarth writes:

Who really benefits from this long term? The localities? No, I don't think so, gaming or casinos takes money out of circulation that could be spent buying from stores and more and thus be spent by those owners and employees. Gaming sends the same money to the big gaming powers that be and leaves the local economy. Also, what about gaming as a de facto tax on the poor and middle income who are tempted to spend money they really should spend on basic needs with the false hopes of getting the big win. Vote No!

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