Virginia governor signs casino bill into law David McGee, Bristol Herald Courier · March 24, 2019 at 6:54 pm Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation on Friday that could eventually result in casino gaming coming to Virginia. Northam signed Senate Bill 1126, which directs the Joint Legislative and Review Commission to conduct a comprehensive study of casino gaming regulations and submit its report by Dec. 1. It also establishes the framework for the Lottery Board to oversee gaming and would allow certain localities to conduct voter referenda on the subject. The bill’s language limits referenda to three cities with economic challenges — Danville, Bristol and Portsmouth — as well as Richmond and Norfolk, which have been identified as potential sites for the Pamunkey Indian tribe to establish a casino.