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State senator eyes Va. casino gambling bill

Monday - 7/30/2012, 4:51pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. - A Democratic state senator from Portsmouth is proposing a limited- focus casino gambling bill in the 2013 session of the General Assembly.

Sen. Louise Lucas has pre-filed legislation that would create a state commission to license and regulate casinos.

According to The Virginian-Pilot ( http://bit.ly/Q2Jyuk), the draft legislation would limit casinos with slot machines and table games to localities whose land mass includes at least 40 percent of property exempt from local real estate taxes.

Just two Virginia cities would qualify. They are Lucas' home district of Portsmouth and Lexington. That is based on Tax Department data from 2010.

The General Assembly has turned thumbs down in the past to riverboat gambling.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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