Virginia businesses starting to feel effects of skill …
Businesses across Virginia are already feeling the impact of a skill games ban, even though the law has only been actively enforced for a few days.
A judge tossed out a lawsuit challenging Virginia’s ban on electronic skill games a month after the state’s Supreme Court revived the ban.
An injunction blocked enforcement of the statewide ban months after it went into effect in July 2021, but an Oct. 13 ruling from the Supreme Court of Virginia lifted the injunction after the high court found the case was likely to fail on its argument that the ban violated free speech protections. A judge in Greensville County ultimately agreed and dismissed the case.
Now, the inside of Sportsman Restaurant and Lounge in the Montrose area of Henrico County looks a little different as a result of the ruling. Chairs are empty and the skill games that once lined the walls are gone. Only one remains, with two notes taped to the front telling customers it’s no longer in service. This is something that breaks the heart of business owner, Susan Matthews.