The Virginia Charitable Gaming Council supports the lawful, regulated charitable gaming conducted in Virginia by organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, FraternalOrder of Police, Loyal Order of Moose, Fraternal Order of Elks, and others.
Below is our stance regarding two key pieces of legislation for the 2021 Regular Session.
SB 1278, “Charitable Gaming - Texas Hold’em Regulations”
Introduced by John J. Bell
This bill makes technical changes to a bill adopted in the 2020 Regular Session allowing charities to conduct Texas Hold'em Poker as part of licensed, audited, and regulated charitable gaming. It would mandate how operators, who support charities in the conduct of these games, are monitored and inspected. Additionally, it grants full oversight of all equipment, like the types of tables used that are already standard in the industry, to the agency. Last, it clarifies language in the original bill on conduct of the game.
SB 1127, “Charitable Gaming - Conduct of instant bingo, network bingo, pull tabs and seal cards, and electronic pull tab machines”
Introduced by Bryce Reeves
This bill seeks to undo several key improvements implemented in the 2020 Regular Session including limiting where bingo can be conducted, how often and by whom. It also seeks to remove power from the Charitable Gaming Board regarding its ability to prescribe a set Use of Proceeds rate. It further limits the playing and operation of electronic pull-tab machines to specific locations and only under prescribed circumstances.
VCGC Leadership: Marty Williams (Chairman and FOP representative) 757-287-8364, KenWiseman (Vice Chairman and VFW representative) 540-487-4476.
Official Representatives: Chris Petersen 202-247-0316 & David Jones 804-228-4502.
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