Virginia lawmakers take big votes on Crossover Day

Posted at 1:24 PM, Feb 11, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. - Lawmakers are taking key votes on Tuesday on what is known as Crossover Day in the General Assembly.

This is the last day where both the House of Delegates and Senate can vote on their own bills. After Tuesday, lawmakers can only consider bills passed in the other chamber or budget related items.

So far on Tuesday, the Senate has taken action on the following bills:

  • SB183: A bill allowing local governments to move or remove Confederate Monuments passed 21-19.
  • SB971: A bill banning skilled gaming machines passed 31-9.
  • SB67: A bill requiring people to report lost or stolen guns failed 21-19.
  • SB543: A bill closing the gunshow loophole passed 26-14.

The House of Delegates has taken action on several bills as well, including:

  • HB4: A bill legalizing casinos in Virginia passed 61-33.
  • HB961: A bill banning the future sale of assault weapons and limited magazines to 12 rounds passed 51-48.
  • HB1537: A bill giving local governments the power to move Confederate Monuments passed 53-46.
  • HB395: A bill raising the minimum wage gradually to $15 per hour passed 55-45.

Later Tuesday, the Senate also passed a bill to legalize casino gambling, supporting marijuana decriminalization and to legalize casinos.

In order to become law, both chambers have to pass the bills and then Governor Northam has to sign them.

This story will be updated throughout the day.