Online gaming bill proposed in West Virginia

By Nathan Joyes

A bipartisan group of lawmakers are attempting to bring licensed online casinos to West Virginia.

Sports betting was legalised in the state 11 months ago and now a group of lawmakers, led by Delegate Jason Barrett, are seeking further expansion.

To that end, the West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act aims to legalise online gambling.

The proposed bill would allow all four of the state’s racetrack casinos to operate online gambling sites, as well as The Greenbrier.

Five-year licences would cost $250,000 each and revenue would be taxed at a rate of 10%.

The bill also includes terms which would not allow certain offshore sites to offer online gaming.

Barrett said: "We have made great steps thus far in providing greater flexibility for the gaming industry in West Virginia, and I am encouraged by the support we have received on this particular online gaming initiative.

"Our house finance chairman has a real interest in taking up the legislation and I believe it has great potential to pass with bipartisan support both in the house and senate."

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