Va. City Seeks Approval for Riverboat Gambling

November 17, 2010

Norfolk officials have revived their quest to bring riverboat gambling to the downtown waterfront.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the city council agreed Tuesday to ask Gov. Bob McDonnell and the General Assembly for permission to have riverboat gambling.

Norfolk last sought permission for riverboat gambling in 1996. Requests also were made in 1994 and 1995. All three bills failed.

McDonnell voted against riverboat gambling twice when he was a delegate from Virginia Beach.

Councilman Paul R. Riddick hopes attitudes have changed. He says the potential tax revenue is huge.

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