Casino bill clears first legislative hurtle in Richmond

Casino bill clears first legislative hurtle in Richmond


A BILL THAT COULD LEGALIZE CASINO-STYLE GAMBLING IN PARTS OF VIRGINIA CLEARED IT’S FIRST LEGISLATIVE HURDLE TODAY IN RICHMOND. IF PASSED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, SIGNED INTO LAW BY THE GOVERNOR AND THEN APPROVED IN A LOCAL REFERENDUM… THE BILL COULD ALLOW A RESORT AND CASINO TO BE BUILT ON THE OLD BRISTOL MALL PROPERTY JACKIE DEFUSCO JOINS US WITH NEW DEVELOPMENTS TO LEGALIZE CASINO GAMBLING IN THE COMMONWEALTH. WELL JOSH, SARA THAT BILL CLEARED THE GENERAL LAWS AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE ON A 9-3 VOTE JUST ABOUT AN HOUR AGO THAT’S SIGNFICANT BECAUSE IN THE PAST…A NUMBER OF BILLS AIMING TO LEGALIZE CASINO STYLE GAMBLING HAVE DIED IN THAT COMMITTEE ON A PARTY LINE VOTE…ALL REPUBLICANS OPPOSED. WELL IT APPEARS AT LEAST SOME OF THOSE LAWMAKERS HAD A CHANGE OF HEART AND THAT MAY BE BECAUSE THIS CASINO BILL IS DIFFERENT THAN PAST EFFORTS, ACCORDING TO LOCAL LAWMAKERS ON ONE HAND–BECAUSE IT LIMITS THE NUMBER OF LOCALITIES IN THE STATE THAT COULD PURSUE A CASINO PROJECT TO FIVE… IT ALSO LET’S PEOPLE IMPACTED BY A CASINO TO HAVE THE FINAL SAY ON WHETHER OR NOT PROJECTS MOVE FORWARD IN LOCAL REFERNDUMS ANOTHER PART OF THIS BILL HAS TO DO WITH A STUDY THAT THERE WAS SOME CONTROVERSY ABOUT IN TODAY’S COMMITTEE MEETING “IT DOES ALLOW FOR THE CASINO, IT ALSO ALLOWS FOR THE REFERENDUMS, FOR THOSE LOCALITIES TO PROCEED WITH THAT WHILE THE STATE STUDIES WHAT THE REGULATORY SCHEME AND FRAMWORK SHOULD LOOK LIKE.” “THIS IS A GAMBLING BILL THAT HAS A SMALL PROVISION FOR A STUDY IN IT SO THAT’S WHY I’LL BE AGAINST ADVANCING THE BILL AT THIS TIME.” THAT STUDY THEY’RE REFERENCING WOULD BASICALLY BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR VIRGINIA LAWMAKERS TO LOOK COMPREHENSIVEL Y AT HOW OTHER STATES HAVE REGULATED THE GAMING INDUSTRY …TO LATER DETERMINE HOW THE LOTTERY BOARD WOULD OVERSEE WHAT WOULD BE A NEW INDUSTRY FOR THE STATE NOW WE SHOULD NOTE–THIS IS THE FIRST OF MANY HURDLES. THAT BILL ASLO HAS TO CLEAR THE SENATE FINANCE COMMITTEE…. THE HOUSE, THE FULL SENATE, THE GOVERNOR AND LASTLY WIN OUT IN A LOCAL REFERNDUM LIVE IN THE STUDIO, JACKIE DEFUSCO, NEWS CHANNEL 11 IN YOUR CORNER

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