West Virginia Race and Sports Wagering
On 18 June 2013, the Racing Commission unanimously approved an agreement with the Lottery Commission, which will allow it to request assistance from the Lottery for specific services. The Racing Commission must pay the Lottery for any services used such as accounting, auditing and investigative, according to hourly rates set by the agreement.
In 2009, Gov. Joe Manchin introduced legislation that would have combined the Racing and Lottery commissions. However, it was defeated in the House because of opposition from the thoroughbred and greyhound owners, breeders and trainers. The groups were concerned the deal may lead to the Lottery Commission taking over regulation of pari-mutuel racing in West Virginia.
In 2013, West Virginia adopted legislation that increased the number of restricted thoroughbred horse races each day from two to three and allowed for up to two restricted races per day at a pari-mutuel thoroughbred racetrack if certain conditions were met.
In March 2017, a bill to legalize and regulate sports betting in the state, H 2751, was introduced. The bill would allow sports wagering at the states casinos when and if the U.S. Supreme Court rules sports betting to be legal nationwide. The bill was passed by the Senate and moved on to the House of Delegates.
In March 2018, the legislature passed a bill legalizing sports betting. The West Virginia Lottery Commission would oversee regulation under the new law. The law includes a provision to allow for both in-person and online sports wagering within the state. In June 2018, West Virginia gaming officials announced the completion of sports betting regulations, with the goal to be up and running by fall 2018.
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