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The state Senate passed the bill by a vote of 28-10 — a sightly closer margin than the overwhelming votes in a couple of other states. Virginia joins California and Indiana as states where one of the state house’s two bodies have passed a piece of DFS legislation.
No state has voted down a DFS bill in either a committee vote or a vote in a general assembly in 2016.
The bill — SB 646 — now heads to the House of Delegates.
Compared with a lot of other states, the amount of chatter in Virginia has been nearly non-existent. A trio of bills showed up in January, and they’ve passed through committees, and with little fanfare and media coverage.
But the effort has obviously gotten traction, and has a chance at being one of the first bill to make it to the finish line.
The bill, like many proposed in other states, seeks to exempt DFS from gambling law there while also implementing basic consumer protections.
The highlights of the bill: