(b) The question of whether video lottery games shall be permitted at pari-mutuel racetracks shall be determined by local option election in each county in which a pari-mutuel racetrack is located. The local option election on this question may be placed on the ballot in each county at any general election. The county commission of the county in which the racetrack is located shall give notice to the public of the election by publication of the notice as a Class II-0 legal advertisement in compliance with the provisions of article three, chapter fifty-nine of this code, and the publication area for the publication shall be the county in which the election is to be held. The date of the last publication of the notice shall fall on a date within the period of the fourteen consecutive days next preceding the election.
On the local option election ballot shall be printed the following:
Shall West Virginia lottery commission video lottery games be permitted within an area at the [name of racetrack] in which pari-mutuel betting is authorized by law?
[ ] Yes[ ] No
(Place a cross mark in the square opposite your choice.)
The ballots shall be counted, returns made and canvassed as in general elections, and the results certified by the commissioners of election to the county commission. The county commission shall, without delay, certify the result of the election to the commission.
(c) Upon receipt of the results of the election from the county commission, and if a majority has voted "yes", the commission shall issue the requested license if the applicant is otherwise qualified for the license. If a majority has voted "no", the commission shall notify the applicant of the results, the application shall be denied, and another election on the issue shall not be held for a period of two years: Provided, That for purposes of this section, the term "two years" means the interval between a general election and the next general election, and in no event shall it mean or encompass a period of time in excess of one hundred four weeks. If a majority has voted "yes", another local option election on the issue shall not be held for a period of five years. A local option election may thereafter be held if a written petition of qualified voters residing within the county equal to at least five percent of the number of persons who were registered to vote in the next preceding general election is received by the county commission of the county in which the horse or dog racetrack is located. The petition may be in any number of counterparts.
The petition shall be in the following form:
Petition For Local Option Election
We, the undersigned legally qualified voters, resident within the county of __________________, do hereby petition that a special election be held within the county of _________________ upon the following question: Shall West Virginia lottery commission video lottery games be permitted within an area at the [name of racetrack] in which pari-mutuel betting is authorized by law?
Name Address Date
(Post office or street address)
(d) The commission may not issue any license or permit until background investigations are concluded. The commission shall make an affirmative determination that the applicant is qualified and the applicable license or permit fees have been paid prior to issuing any license or permit.
(e) The commission shall notify the applicant if an application is incomplete and the notification shall state the deficiencies in the application.
(f) The commission shall notify applicants in writing of the denial, suspension or revocation of a permit or license and the reasons for the denial, suspension or revocation in accordance with the provisions of section fifteen of this article.
(g) An applicant may request a hearing to review a license or permit denial, suspension or revocation in accordance with section fifteen of this article.
(h) The following license or permit fees shall be paid annually by each licensed racetrack, or permitted manufacturer, service technician, floor attendant or validation manager:
(1) Racetrack: ................................. $1,000
(2) Manufacturer: ..............................$10,000
(3) Service technician: ...........................$100
(4) Validation manager: ............................$50
(5) Floor attendant: ..............................$50
The fees shall be paid to the commission at the time of license or permit application and on or before the first day of July of each year thereafter, at which time the license or permit may be renewed.
(i) An applicant for a video lottery license shall, prior to the issuance of the license, post a bond or irrevocable letter of credit in a manner and in an amount established by the commission. The bond shall be issued by a surety company authorized to transact business in West Virginia and the company shall be approved by the insurance commissioner of this state as to solvency and responsibility.
(j) The commission shall renew video lottery licenses and permits annually as of the first day of July of each year, if each person seeking license or permit renewal submits the applicable renewal fee, completes all renewal forms provided by the commission, and continues to meet all qualifications for a license or permit.
(k) License and permit holders shall notify the commission of any proposed change of ownership or control of the license or permit holder and of all other transactions or occurrences relevant to license or permit qualification. In order for a license or permit to remain in effect, commission approval is required prior to completion of any proposed change of ownership or control of a license or permit holder.
(l) A license or permit is a privilege personal to the license or permit holder and is not a legal right. A license or permit granted or renewed pursuant to this article may not be transferred or assigned to another person, nor may a license or a permit be pledged as collateral. The purchaser or successor of any license or permit holder shall independently qualify for a license or permit. The sale of more than five percent of a license or permit holder's voting stock, or more than five percent of the voting stock of a corporation which controls the license or permit holder or the sale of a license or permit holder's assets, other than those bought and sold in the ordinary course of business, or any interest therein, to any person not already determined to have met the qualifications of section seven of this article voids the license unless the sale has been approved in advance by the commission.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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