Lottery Board; regulation of casino gaming, penalties, report.
Purpose of legislation
Authorizes casino gaming in the Commonwealth to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board (the Board). Casino gaming shall be limited to certain cities that meet the criteria that is outlined in the bill, and a referendum must be passed in the city on the question of allowing casino gaming in the city. The bill requires the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission (JLARC) to conduct a review of casino gaming laws in other states and report its findings to the Chairmen of the Senate Committee on General Laws and Technology and the House Committee on General Laws on or before December 1, 2019. The bill contains enactment clauses that prohibit (i) any referendum from being held prior to the publication of the JLARC findings and recommendations regarding casino gaming or after January 1, 2021, and (ii) the Board from issuing a license to operate a gaming operation before July 1, 2020. The bill also provides that amendments to the Code of Virginia that are made in the bill will not become effective unless reenacted by the 2020 Session of the General Assembly. The Board shall promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of this act beginning January 1, 2020, and shall complete work on such regulations by June 30, 2020.
|Legislation mandating a change||Chap 789 (2019)|
|VAC chapters to be amended||Not yet determined.|
|Associated Regulatory Actions||No regulatory action has been filed.|