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Another W. Virginia table gaming bill unlikely

31 May 2007

CHARLES TOWN, West Virginia -- As reported by the Journal: "Jefferson County voters hoping to get a bigger share of table games revenue by holding out for a different bill from the state Legislature could be disappointed.

"State Senate Judiciary Chairman Jeffrey Kessler, D-Marshall, said he very much doubts the Legislature will pass another table games bill. Kessler also said it's unlikely that Jefferson County would be offered a larger percentage of revenues if the voters turn down the referendum June 9.

"...The Legislature tried for years to get both houses to agree on a table games bill, and he said it took a great deal of work for the legislation to pass in the spring. The bill allows counties with racetracks to vote on whether to allow casino-style table games.

"The state's four racetrack counties — Jefferson, Kanawha, Ohio and Hancock — have all scheduled special elections on table games in the next few months. Jefferson and Ohio counties will decide on June 9, while Hancock's election is set for June 30 and Kanawha's election day is Aug. 11..."

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