Petersburg casino proposal moves forward as Virginia Senate panel approves first batch of gambling bills

Petersburg casino proposal moves forward as Virginia Senate panel approves first batch of gambling bills

Article brief provided by Virginia Mercury
  • Graham Moomaw, Virginia Mercury
January 24, 2024 8:43 PM

As Virginia lawmakers continue to discuss the addition of new casinos in the state, Richmond appears to be out, Petersburg seems to be in and Northern Virginia looks like a question mark.

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A state Senate panel took action on an initial batch of gambling bills Wednesday, offering some early indicators of what policymakers might do on the topic this session.

A bill that sailed through the Senate General Laws and Technology Committee 15-0 would permanently remove Richmond from the list of cities eligible to host casinos after voters rejected casino referendums in 2021 and 2023.

“I’m voted in by the people of the city of Richmond. And they’ve said twice that they don’t want it,” Sen. Lamont Bagby, D-Richmond, told colleagues as he presented the bill.