Virginia: Petersburg casino referendum legislation sails onto Senate floor; passage is expected

Virginia: Petersburg casino referendum legislation sails onto Senate floor; passage is expected

Article brief provided by Petersburg Progress-Index
  • Bill Atkinson , Petersburg Progress-Index
February 7, 2024 3:19 PM
  • Bill Atkinson , Petersburg Progress-Index

For two years, Petersburg’s casino dreams crapped out in the Virginia Senate Finance & Appropriations Committee.

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In a reversal of fortune on Tuesday, those dreams moved one step closer to the pay window as that same committee sent Senate Bill 628 to the Senate floor on a 15-0 vote. Couple that with other chamber-bound legislation that removes Richmond from the casino picture, and that path to the pay window is practically obstruction-free.

By getting through the committee with no dissention, the measure is all but guaranteed passage through the chamber. It will be placed into an uncontested bloc on the Senate floor containing all bills that have unanimous committee consent., and the bloc is voted on as one group.