Virginia Sports Betting bill filed

Nov 20, 2019 3:00 AM

Virginia is looking to join the sports betting party.

According to the Virginia-Pilot, a bill was filed Monday in the Virginia legislature that could get placed on the ballot next November.

Republican Delegate Barry D. Knight pre-filed House Bill No. 4 (HB 4), which will look to amend the current Code of Virginia and authorize casino gaming in the Commonwealth, to be regulated by the Virginia Lottery Board. Casino gaming, per the bill, would include sports betting.

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Virginia is among a minority of states that has blocked casino gambling for decades. With Democratic Governor Ralph Northam hesitant to flip the switch, this past session the state’s General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1126, which commissioned a study to review casino gaming laws in other states and its fiscal and social impact. The study is due before Dec. 1.

The bills adds a new chapter to the Virginia Code entitled Casino Gaming and require a referendum of local residents in each city where a casino gaming operation would be located. The referendums would appear on Nov. 2020 ballots.

Wynn lawsuit tossed

A federal judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a $3 billion lawsuit accusing Wynn Resorts of cheating to win its casino license for Encore Boston Harbor.

U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti Saris says Sterling Suffolk Racecourse’s allegations do not constitute racketeering violations under the federal RICO act.

Sterling Suffolk says it’s “exploring all its options.” Sterling Suffolk proposed building a Mohegan Sun casino on the site of Suffolk Downs horse track in North Boston.

It argued Wynn Resorts fraudulently obtained its license through “unlawful methods,” including kickbacks, political cronyism, and concealing allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn.

Massachusetts fined the company $35.5 million for failing to disclose the allegations but allowed it to keep its license.

Steve Wynn resigned as CEO but denies the allegations against him.

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