(b) The Racing Commission may deny the application and refuse to issue the license or permit, as the case may be, which denial and refusal is final and conclusive unless a hearing is demanded in accordance with the provisions of section sixteen of this article, if the Racing Commission finds that the applicant individually, if an individual, or the partners or members, if a partnership, firm or association, or the owners and directors, if a corporation:
(1) Has knowingly made false statement of a material fact in the application or has knowingly failed to disclose any information called for in the application;
(2) Is or has been guilty of any corrupt or fraudulent act, practice or conduct in connection with a horse or dog race meeting in this or any other state;
(3) Has been convicted, within ten years prior to the date of the application, of an offense which under the law of this state, of any other state or of the United States of America, shall constitute a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude;
(4) Has failed to comply with the provisions of this article or any reasonable rules of the Racing Commission;
(5) Has had a license to hold or conduct a horse or dog race meeting or a permit to participate therein denied for just cause, suspended or revoked in any other state;
(6) Has defaulted in the payment of any obligation or debt due to this state under the provisions of this article;
(7) Is, if a corporation, neither incorporated under the laws of this state nor qualified to do business within this state;
(8) In the case of an application for a license, has failed to furnish bond or other adequate security, if the same is required by the Racing Commission under the provisions of section seven of this article;
(9) In the case of an application for a permit, is unqualified to perform the duties required for the permit sought; or
(10) In the case of an application for a permit, is, for just cause, determined to be undesirable to perform the duties required of the applicant.
(c) In issuing licenses and fixing dates for horse or dog race meetings at the various horse racetracks and dog racetracks in this state, the Racing Commission shall consider the horse racing circuits and dog racing circuits with which the horse racetracks and dog racetracks in this state are associated or contiguous to and shall also consider dates which are calculated to increase the tax revenues accruing from horse racing and dog racing.
(d) A license issued under the provisions of this article is neither transferable nor assignable to any other racing association and may not permit the holding or conducting of a horse or dog race meeting at any horse or dog racetrack, place or enclosure not specified thereon. However, if the specified horse or dog racetrack, place or enclosure becomes unsuitable for the horse or dog race meeting because of flood, fire or other catastrophe, or cannot be used for any reason, the Racing Commission may, upon application, authorize the horse or dog race meeting, or any remaining portion thereof, to be conducted at any other racetrack, place or enclosure available for that purpose, provided that the owner of the racetrack, place or enclosure willingly consents to the use.
(e) No type of horse racing or dog racing shall be conducted by a licensee at any race meeting other than that type for which a license was issued.
(f) Each permit issued under the provisions of this section shall be for a period of one year, unless approved otherwise by the Commission. Effective January 1, 2012, each permit shall be renewed according to the following schedule: Permits issued to persons whose date of birth is January 1 through and including April 30 shall be renewed no later than April 30 of each year; permits issued to persons whose date of birth is May 1 through and including August 31 shall be renewed no later than August 31 of each year; and permits issued to persons whose date of birth is September 1 through and including December 31 shall be renewed no later than December 31 of each year. Each permit shall be valid at all horse or dog race meetings during the period for which it was issued unless it be sooner suspended or revoked in accordance with the provisions of this article. A permit issued under the provisions of this article is neither transferable nor assignable to any other person.
(g) The Racing Commission shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code which establish the criteria for the approval or denial of a license or permit. Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session