VA HB881 | 2020 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)
Status: Enrolled on March 18 2020 - 75% progression
Action: 2020-03-20 - Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [HTML]


Illegal gambling; skill games; exception. Includes the playing or offering for play of any skill game in the definition of "illegal gambling." The bill also includes skill games within the definition of "gambling devices." The bill defines a "skill game" as an electronic, computerized, or mechanical contrivance, terminal, machine, or other device that requires the insertion of a coin, currency, ticket, token, or similar object to operate, activate, or play a game, the outcome of which is determined by any element of skill of the player and that may deliver or entitle the person playing or operating the device to receive cash; cash equivalents, gift cards, vouchers, billets, tickets, tokens, or electronic credits to be exchanged for cash; merchandise; or anything of value whether the payoff is made automatically from the device or manually. The bill exempts family entertainment centers from the prohibition against the playing or offering of any skill game, provided the prize won or distributed to a player by the skill games offered by such centers is a noncash, merchandise prize or a voucher, billet, ticket, token, or electronic credit redeemable only for a noncash, merchandise prize that also meets certain other requirements.

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Illegal gambling; skill games, exception.


Roll Calls

2020-03-07 - Senate - Senate: Conference report agreed to by Senate (22-Y 18-N) (Y: 21 N: 18 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-03-05 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (90-Y 1-N 2-A) (Y: 89 N: 1 NV: 7 Abs: 2) [PASS]
2020-02-26 - Senate - Senate: Senate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 39 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-26 - House - House: VOTE: Adoption (0-Y 91-N 1-A) (Y: 0 N: 90 NV: 8 Abs: 1) [FAIL]
2020-02-26 - Senate - Senate: Passed Senate with amendment (28-Y 12-N) (Y: 27 N: 12 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-26 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (Y: 37 N: 0 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-25 - Senate - Senate: Reported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (12-Y 3-N) (Y: 12 N: 3 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-19 - Senate - Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology (7-Y 5-N) (Y: 6 N: 5 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-02-05 - House - House: VOTE: Passage (80-Y 15-N) (Y: 79 N: 15 NV: 5 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-30 - House - House: Reported from General Laws (20-Y 1-N) (Y: 20 N: 1 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-30 - House - House: Reported from General Laws (20-Y 1-N) (Y: 20 N: 1 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-01-28 - House - House: Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N) (Y: 8 N: 0 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-03-20 Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020
2020-03-20HouseEnrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 20, 2020
2020-03-19HouseSigned by Speaker
2020-03-18SenateSigned by President
2020-03-18HouseBill text as passed House and Senate (HB881ER)
2020-03-07SenateConference report agreed to by Senate (22-Y 18-N)
2020-03-05HouseVOTE: Adoption (90-Y 1-N 2-A)
2020-03-05HouseConference report agreed to by House (90-Y 1-N 2-A)
2020-03-05 Conference: Amended by conference committee
2020-02-27SenateSenators: Howell, McPike, Norment
2020-02-27SenateConferees appointed by Senate
2020-02-27HouseDelegates: Bulova, Carr, Knight
2020-02-27HouseConferees appointed by House
2020-02-27HouseHouse acceded to request
2020-02-26SenateSenate requested conference committee
2020-02-26SenateSenate insisted on amendments (40-Y 0-N)
2020-02-26HouseVOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 91-N 1-A)
2020-02-26HouseSenate amendment rejected by House (0-Y 91-N 1-A)
2020-02-26SenatePassed Senate with amendment (28-Y 12-N)
2020-02-26SenateEngrossed by Senate as amended
2020-02-26SenateCommittee amendment agreed to
2020-02-26SenateReading of amendment waived
2020-02-26SenateRead third time
2020-02-26SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N)
2020-02-25SenateReported from Finance and Appropriations with amendment (12-Y 3-N)
2020-02-19SenateRereferred to Finance and Appropriations
2020-02-19SenateReported from General Laws and Technology (7-Y 5-N)
2020-02-18SenateAssigned GL&T sub: Gaming
2020-02-06SenateReferred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2020-02-06SenateConstitutional reading dispensed
2020-02-05HouseVOTE: Passage (80-Y 15-N)
2020-02-05HouseRead third time and passed House (80-Y 15-N)
2020-02-04HouseRead second time and engrossed
2020-02-03HouseRead first time
2020-01-30HouseReported from General Laws (20-Y 1-N)
2020-01-28HouseSubcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
2020-01-17HouseAssigned GL sub: ABC/Gaming
2020-01-15HouseReferred to Committee on General Laws
2020-01-15HouseReferred from Courts of Justice by voice vote
2020-01-07HouseReferred to Committee for Courts of Justice
2020-01-07HousePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20104783D

Same As/Similar To

SB971 (Same As) 2020-03-20 - Governor: Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 11, 2020

Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
182325(n/a)See Bill Text
182334.5(n/a)See Bill Text

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