Racing Bills Passed In Virginia

It has been reported that a pair of bills designed to help horse racing in the state of Virginia were passed by the General Assembly on Thursday, February 19.

As a report by the Richmond Times-Dispatch explains, Senate Bill 1097 was passed by the House of Delegates by a vote of 81-18 and was then passed by the Senate by a vote of 31-7.

Senate Bill 1097 calls for some revenue derived from online horse wagering to be directed away from Colonial Downs to a nonprofit entity that will be chosen by the state racing commission. According to the article, the revenue would be used to help promote racing in the state and to strike potential agreements with tracks located in the state, including Colonial Downs.

Additionally, the report states that House Bill 1826, a matching bill, was passed by the Senate via a 31-7 vote.

(With files from the Richmond Times-Dispatch)