Table Games Bill Passes Both Houses

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - After years of battling in the Legislature, a racetrack table games bill is finally on its way to the governor.

The House and Senate each voted today to allow West Virginia's four tracks to ask their counties' voters to authorize roulette, blackjack and similar casino games.

Governor Manchin told The Associated Press Thursday morning he will sign the bill, barring any technical or legal flaws.

The governor had insisted on the election provision.

Manchin also says he supports the bill's sharing of potential table games tax revenues with every county and local government in the state.

The House and Senate had disagreed yesterday over language effecting the track's existing video lottery machines. That language was removed last night.

Gambling opponents have helped block table games in previous years. Critics also say voters statewide must amend the state constitution to allow table games.

The House vote: 55 to 43. Two delegates did not vote.

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