Virginia General Assembly passes legislation allowing commercial casino gaming

Monday 9th March 2020

The Virginia General Assembly passed legislation allowing commercial casino gaming in Virginia.

The legislation, which still requires Gov. Ralph Northam's signature to become law, follows two years of deliberation on whether to legalize casinos in the state.

A statement by the Pamunkey Tribe, which plans to build a resort and casino in Norfolk and another in Richmond, read:

"The Pamunkey Tribe is eager to move forward with its plans to build a world-class resort and casino in Norfolk and ready to respond to Richmond's Request for Proposals to bring a casino to the River City. After centuries of disenfranchisement and social injustices, the Pamunkey Tribe is on the verge of ensuring the long-term success of the Tribe. Its plans to build two resorts with casinos will allow the Tribe to provide needed programs and services to its members. It will be a great partner for Norfolk and Richmond. The Tribe will keep profits in Virginia through reinvestment locally and will provide tremendous benefits to these regions of the Commonwealth for decades to come."

The City of Norfolk signed a development agreement with the tribe in January 2020. At that time, Norfolk Councilwoman Andria McClellan said "it would be required to have a referendum city-wide in November and at that point the voters can have their say whether or not the city should have a casino."

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