Virginia governor “open” to casino legalisation

Virginia governor “open” to casino legalisation

Virginia casino legalisation seems to be closer as Governor Ralph Northam said he is “open” to launching the industry.

US.- The Virginia casino industry could soon be a reality as a major push for it seems to be on a  successful path. Moreover, Governor Ralph Northam advanced he’s “open” to legalise casinos in the state if done correctly.

“It’s clear that there’s going to be a robust discussion in the General Assembly this year regarding legalized gaming. There are several proposals on the table. Our legislators are going to thoroughly vet them,” Northam said. “My philosophy is Virginia needs to be very thoughtful in its approach. If we’re going to expand gambling, we need to do it responsibly.”

The top proposal

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) seem to have finally reached their goal. According to chief Richard Sneed, they have come to an agreement with the state of Virginia to develop a casino.

The venue would include an outdoor concert venue, recreational facilities and a hotel.

“I have visited the site along I-81. This strategic, gateway location to serve a five-state area is impressive,” Sneed said. “It is our wish to bring new tax revenue and jobs to Washington County and the Southwest Virginia region.

“Our agreement with Chief Sneed of the EBCI is an extraordinary opportunity to bring an experienced casino owner-operator to Washington County and the Southwest Virginia region,” developer Steve Johnson said. “We look forward to working with the Cherokee Nation, local leaders, and elected officials in Richmond. We’ll bring this massive opportunity to fruition.”

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