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West Virginia lawmaker re-introduces online gambling bill

West Virginia Delegate Shawn Fluharty is off to a running start in 2018 with the re-introduction of his H.3067 online gambling legalisation bill, which stalled in committee last year.

Fluharty's proposal, which has already attracted four co-sponsors, would permit land casino licensees in West Virginia to operate online gambling businesses, overseen by the West Virginia Lottery Commission, which already regulates land-based activity.

The draft bill imposes an age limit of 21 years for online gamblers, who must be within state borders when they gamble.

Fluharty has also had the foresight to include a clause allowing West Virginia to form online gambling player liquidity compacts with like-minded and suitable other US states, such as Delaware, Nevada, New Jersey and more recently neighbouring Pennsylvania.

Land casino licensees wishing to offer online gambling services would have to pay a very reasonable fee of $50,000, with a tax rate of 14 percent of GGR proposed.

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