Posts Tagged ‘Virginia’

Small Poker Legislation Win for Virginia

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Louise Lucas is a senator in the state of Virginia who has worked for many years to see casino gaming come to the state. Time after time, Lucas’ efforts have failed. However, this past Monday saw a measure introduced by Lucas move forward. The Senate General Laws Committee held a hearing on Monday in which the Senate Bill 1400 was approved. This bill will allow organizations that currently provide bingo games to also offer poker gaming.

The bill was moved through the committee with a close vote of 8-7. The poker bill was approved thanks to Senator William R. DeSteph Jr. joining her side in the matter. Additional Senators approved the bill including George Barker, Marnie Locke, Jennifer Wexton, Adam Ebbin, Monty Mason and Jeremy McPike.

There is still a long way to go for the SB 1400 to move forward. Even if the full Senate moves the measure through the bill will still have to be approved by the House of Delegates, a group that tends to not be in favor of gambling.

On the negative side, Lucas also saw bills lose out on passage. She tried to see a casino gambling bill passed in the committee but lost 7-8, the opposite vote of SB 1400. The bill that failed would have seen Virginia open a casino for the very first time.

Lucas tried her best to gain approval for the bill talking with Senate members about how $10 million in revenues could be earned if a gaming venue was placed in her home city of Portsmouth. The state is reportedly losing out on revenues that are going to Maryland, especially after MGM National Harbor opened last December. Gamblers are leaving by the busload to enjoy the casino gaming options that are provided in the neighboring state.

The victory by Lucas may be small but it should help the state to hopefully move forward in regards to casino gaming.

Virginia Senator Files Casino Gaming Bill

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Louise Lucas is a Senator in the state of Virginia who would like to see the state become involved in the gambling industry. Virginia is one of only ten states that do not have a casino within its borders. Lucas has now filed a casino gaming bill to be considered during the 2014 General Assembly.

The new bill is titled Senate Bill 19 and would allow the creation of a state Casino Gaming Commission and create guidelines for licensing in the state for casino game play. In the past, Lucas has created bills for casino creation and was unsupported. Now that Maryland has expanded their gaming options and players from Virginia will be taking money out of state, Lucas is hoping to gain more support.

The legislation states that ninety percent of the gaming tax revenues would go to help with the cost of toll roads in Virginia. In estimations, it was believed that $113 million could be brought in with almost 2,000 jobs created. However, Lucas is in for a fight. It seems as though most are not ready to enter the casino side of gambling, although the state already has charity gaming, lottery and pari-mutuels.

William Howell is the House Speaker for Virginia and he recently spoke with the Washington Post and commented that he believes the negative human impact outweighs the potential impact of the economy. Howell further stated that he does not believe the casinos are the right thing for the commonwealth.

Without the addition of casinos, Virginia would continue to be one of a select few that does not offer this type of recreational entertainment. And with states nearby that offer the option, Virginia is sure to miss out on revenues. It will be interesting to see if the Senator will be able to receive backing to bring this type of gambling to the state.