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Casino Gambling Bill Still Breathing

West Virginia State Representative, Staton, recently stated that if the Democrats go for the bill, they will want to use revenue for long-term payoffs of state debt. Some of the casino gambling lobbyists have proposed adding additives to the bill, such as tying it to the elimination of the state’s 5 percent food tax. Republicans are heavily against casino gambling expansion in the state, having pushed hard to remove the food tax. Democrats feel that gambling lobbyists will help to attract more voters.

‘Some people want to tie it to the food tax, but the state has to look at what revenue they’re going to get for it. Everybody uses the Greenbrier bill because it passed,’ Staton said. The Greenbrier bill, which was passed several years ago, is being compared to the present events taking place within the legislature. The Greenbrier bill allowed county residents to permit table games in large hotels that are on the National Register of Historic Places. The casino gambling itself was voted down under the law by two counties, Greenbrier and Cabell counties, but was approved by Lewis County residents.

How the current casino gambling bill will do in state government is still unclear. Just as with online casino law and discussions, casino gambling in the US is a very touchy, difficult subject. And so it will be for many years to come as long as members of the same government cannot agree on the future of casino gambling, both at online casino sites and at land-based casinos.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.

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