Bill to legalize casino gambling in Virginia localities advances

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RICHMOND, Va. (WJHL) – The Virginia House of Delegates advanced House Bill 4 Monday, a bill that would legalize casino gambling in some parts of the Commonwealth.

The bill sets specific criteria for localities that would be eligible for a casino project. These localities would include Bristol, Danville, Norfolk, Richmond, and Portsmouth.

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Localities will be able to choose their local development partner with the help of the State Lottery Board. The locality has to follow the criteria outlined in the bill for a development partner and the state has to approve their choice before a referendum is held.

The bill has provisions for problem gambling, including a prevention/treatment fund and a voluntary exclusion program. Under this program, if a person puts there name on a list, they will not be able to enter a casino.

The bill was engrossed and passed on to its third reading.

A final vote from the House and Senate is expected Tuesday.

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