VA SB1400 | 2017 | Regular Session


Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)
Status: Engrossed on January 26 2017 - 50% progression, died in committee
Action: 2017-02-21 - Left in General Laws
Pending: House General Laws Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Engrossed) [HTML]


Poker; definition of illegal gambling and charitable gaming; poker games authorized; regulation of poker tournaments. Provides that poker is a game of skill and therefore not illegal gambling. The bill also allows a qualified organization to conduct poker games in conjunction with its charitable gaming activities, but does not allow a charitable organization to conduct poker tournaments. The bill requires the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Charitable Gaming Board to regulate poker tournaments, defined in the bill as a competition organized for the purpose of conducting poker games at one or multiple tables where (i) competitors play a series of poker games, (ii) prizes are awarded to winning players on a fixed or proportional payout basis, and (iii) the total prize amount awarded to all winning players at the event is $50,000 or more. Finally, the bill requires poker tournament sponsors to obtain a permit before conducting a tournament and tournament managers and operators to be registered with the Department. The bill contains technical amendments. The bill has a delayed effective date of July 1, 2018.

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Poker; definition of illegal gambling and charitable gaming.


Roll Calls

2017-01-27 - Senate - Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (19-Y 19-N) (Y: 19 N: 19 NV: 2 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2017-01-25 - Senate - Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (Y: 40 N: 0 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2017-01-23 - Senate - Senate: Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (8-Y 7-N) (Y: 8 N: 7 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2017-02-21HouseLeft in General Laws
2017-02-14HouseSubcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
2017-02-06HouseAssigned GL sub: Subcommittee #3
2017-01-31HouseReferred to Committee on General Laws
2017-01-31HouseRead first time
2017-01-31HousePlaced on Calendar
2017-01-27SenateChair votes Yes
2017-01-27SenateRead third time and passed Senate (19-Y 19-N)
2017-01-26SenatePrinted as engrossed 17102020D-E
2017-01-26SenateEngrossed by Senate as amended SB1400E
2017-01-26SenateCommittee amendment agreed to
2017-01-26SenateReading of amendment waived
2017-01-26SenateRead second time
2017-01-25SenateConstitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
2017-01-23SenateReported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (8-Y 7-N)
2017-01-11SenateReferred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
2017-01-11SenatePrefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17102020D


Code Citations

ChapterArticleSectionCitation TypeStatute Text
182325(n/a)See Bill Text
182340.16(n/a)See Bill Text
182340.19(n/a)See Bill Text
182340.22(n/a)See Bill Text
182340.28:2(n/a)See Bill Text
182340.33(n/a)See Bill Text
182340.39(n/a)See Bill Text
182340.55(n/a)See Bill Text
222456(n/a)See Bill Text

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