Virginia Senate Suggests Putting Off Casino Decision Until 2020

Local referendums on casinos will be delayed until next year after a Senate committee approved a substitute bill requiring a study and another vote in the legislature before any licenses could be approved.

The Virginia Senate Finance Committee voted 12-4 last week to adopt a substitute measure proposed by Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, a Republican, to postpone any definitive vote on casino expansion until after a study is completed for lawmakers.

A study would be due by November, delaying any local votes in potential host cities for casinos until at least July 2020.

“I am supportive of controlled and responsible gaming legislation that passes the General Assembly in a deliberate process,” Norment said.

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