A variety of late-year developments have increased the likelihood of Virginia finally legalising casino gaming.
It is reported that the Pamunkey Indian tribe has plans to open a $700m casino resort on its reservation land in Norfolk in what would represent the first such premises in the state.
Current legislature does not allow for casino gambling but having been granted special federal recognition back in 2015 the group can construct a facility on their trusted land on the proviso any such work is authorised by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
In addition to these mooted tribal developments three regional councils are preparing to launch a coordinated push for commercial casino legalisation. Earlier in 2018 both Bristol and Portsmouth city councils passed resolutions to lay the groundwork for the opening of premises should the state legalise gaming and now lawmakers in Danville have joined in on the action.
A $150m plan for a casino resort in Bristol has already been pitched by developers as a solution to the area’s current economic shortfalls which are forecast to only grow in the coming years.
It has been reported that with the backing of Bristol two state legislators are preparing to table a casino legalisation bill this coming legislative season. The state house has long been opposed to all manner of gambling but has softened its stance in the last 12 months. The legalisation of historical horse race betting in 2018 was seen as a turning point in this regard and with the seeming inevitability of tribal gaming coming to the state in the near future it would appear the opening of a commercial market is now a matter of when not if.