H. B. 4425
(By Delegates Martin, Givens, Varner, Stemple,
Cann, Mattaliano and Coleman)
(Originating in the House Committee on Finance)
[February 25, 2000]
A BILL to amend article twenty-two, chapter twenty-nine of the
code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one,
as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated
section nine-a, relating to
lottery; providing for a
permanent scratch-off game to benefit veterans; creating a
special fund within the state treasury; authorizing the
Legislature to appropriate the special lottery funds to
construct, operate and maintain skilled nursing beds for
veterans; providing for appropriation of excess funds;
creating exceptions and setting forth effective date.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article twenty-two, chapter twenty-nine of the code of
West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended,
be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section
nine-a, to read as follows:
§29-22-9a. Veterans instant lottery scratch-off game.
(a) Beginning the first day of September, two thousand, the
commission shall establish an instant lottery scratch-off game
designated as the "veterans benefit game", which shall be a
permanent addition to the instant lottery scratch-off games
offered by the lottery.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of section eighteen of
this article, and subject to the provisions of subsection (d) of
this section, all net profits received from the sale of veterans
benefit game lottery tickets, materials and games shall be
deposited with the state treasurer into the "veterans lottery
fund" authorized by this section, and the Legislature may make
appropriations from this fund for the construction, operation and
maintenance of skilled nursing beds for veterans of the armed
forces of the United States military.
(c) Once the Legislature has determined that there are
sufficient skilled nursing beds for veterans in this state and
that the facilities providing the skilled nursing beds have
sufficient funds to operate the beds, the Legislature may
appropriate the excess profits derived from the veterans benefit
game for other purposes that benefit veterans in this state,
subject to the provisions of subsection (d) of this section.
(d) Before appropriation of any of the net profits derived
from the veterans benefit game for the uses set forth herein, the
Legislature shall first determine that the state has met all debt
obligations for which lottery profits have been pledged for that fiscal year.
(e) There is hereby created in the state treasury a special
revenue fund designated and known as the "veterans lottery fund"
which shall consist of all revenues derived from the veterans
benefit game, any appropriations to the fund by the Legislature,
and all interest earned from investment of the fund and any
gifts, grants or contributions received by the fund. Revenues
received by the veterans lottery fund shall be deposited in the
West Virginia consolidated investment pool with the West Virginia
investment management board, with the interest income a proper
credit to all such funds.
(f) The commission shall change the design or theme of the
veterans benefit game regularly so that the game remains
competitive with the other instant lottery scratch-off games
offered by the commission. The tickets for the instant lottery
game herein created shall clearly state that the profits derived
from the game are being used to benefit veterans in this state.