Dashing hopes of gambling boosters racing to open casinos in Virginia as soon as possible, a Senate panel endorsed legislation Wednesday that would give the state a year to study the proposal before moving forward.
“I believe this is a much more deliberative process than what was previously suggested,” said Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, who put forward the substitute legislation.
Gov. Ralph Northam’s secretary of finance, Aubrey Layne, said the approach mirrored Northam’s preferred path.
Sen. Bill Carrico, R-Grayson, whose district includes Bristol where the casino push began, opposed the delay, worrying it might mean the projects never go forward if Kentucky or Tennessee act faster.
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