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Introduced Version House Bill 2642 History

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H. B. 2642


(By Delegate Louisos)
[Introduced February 24, 2005; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]




A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §29-22A-10d, relating to imposition of an annual fee of ten thousand dollars on each video lottery machine at a dog or horse racetrack; providing that the annual fee is to be deposited into a special account in the treasury for prescription drugs for aged and disabled residents; allowing the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources to propose legislative rules; and requiring the Secretary of Health and Human Resources to undertake certain studies.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §29-22A-10d, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 22A. RACETRACK VIDEO LOTTERY.
§29-22A-10d. Annual fee; prescription benefit.
(a) For all fiscal years beginning on or after the first day of July, two thousand five, there is imposed an annual fee of ten thousand dollars for each video lottery terminal located at a licensed racetrack for that fiscal year.
(b) A prescription drug benefit fund is hereby created within the State Treasury. The Lottery Commission shall collect the annual fee charged under the provisions of subsection (a) of this section and deposit the proceeds into the prescription drug benefit fund. Moneys from the fund shall be appropriated by the Legislature to the Department of Health and Human Resources annually for payment of the cost of prescription drugs for aged and disabled residents of this state who cannot afford the cost of the drugs. The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources may propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code as may be necessary to implement the provisions of this section.
(c) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources shall conduct a study each year to determine whether the drug benefit program may be expanded to include other residents of this state.




NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require an annual fee of $10,000 be paid on each video lottery terminal at a licensed racetrack in this state. The bill also provides that the fees collected shall be placed in a special account for appropriation by the Legislature for a drug benefit program for aged and disabled residents of this state.

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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