Residents of Virginia will soon be able to visit land-based casinos thanks to a landmark bill passed on Saturday. The General Assembly approved the gambling bill recently which will allow casino construction to begin in certain areas of the state, but there’s still one more thing needed before the gambling operators can set the wheel in motion; a signature from Ralph Northam, the governor of Virginia, but we can’t see this sitting on his desk for long, what with Ralph voicing his support of the bill long before it reached the House for deliberation, not unless someone has made him change his mind, but we doubt that. Legislation will allow for tax revenues of between 13% and 15% and would see more jobs in areas suffering from large deficits.
Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 1126 passed through the House and Senate with flying colours and will allow development of casinos in Danville, Bristol and Portsmouth, but the residents of these areas will get the final say on whether the construction will go ahead or not! Virginia’s Legislative Audit and Review Commission will carry out research into the state of the social and economic impacts of a casino in those locations, and they’re expected to deliver their findings to the relevant bodies by 1st of November. The Virginia Lottery Board is penned to create the rules and regulations for the casinos, with drafts scheduled to begin on 1st of January 2020. Casino licenses would be issued by the board by 1st July 2010.