(a) License. -- The commission may issue a license to a person to supply a racetrack licensed under this article with gaming equipment or services when the commission determines that the person meets the requirements of this section and any applicable rules of the commission.
(b) License qualifications. -- Each applicant who is an individual and each individual who controls an applicant, as provided in subsection (c) section six of this article, shall be of good moral character, honesty and integrity and shall have the necessary experience and financial ability to successfully carry out the functions of a West Virginia Lottery table games supplier. The commission may adopt rules establishing additional requirements for a West Virginia Lottery table games supplier. The commission may accept licensing by another jurisdiction, specifically determined by the commission to have similar licensing requirements, as evidence the applicant meets West Virginia Lottery table games supplier licensing requirements.
(c) Supplier specifications. -- An applicant for a license to supply gaming equipment or services to a racetrack table games licensee shall demonstrate that the gaming equipment or services that the applicant plans to offer to the racetrack table games licensee conform or will conform to standards established by rules of the commission and applicable state law. The commission may accept gaming equipment or services approval by another jurisdiction, specifically determined by the commission to have similar equipment standards, as evidence the applicant meets the standards established by the commission and applicable state law.
(d) License application requirements. -- An applicant for a license to supply a racetrack table games licensee shall:
(1) Submit an application to the commission in the form the commission requires including adequate information to serve as a basis for a thorough background check;
(2) Submit fingerprints for a national criminal records check by the Criminal Identification Bureau of the West Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The fingerprints shall be furnished by all persons required to be named in the application and shall be accompanied by a signed authorization for the release of information by the Criminal Investigation Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The commission may require any applicant seeking the renewal of a license or permit to furnish fingerprints for a national criminal records check by the Criminal Identification Bureau of the West Virginia State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and
(3) Pay to the commission a nonrefundable application and license fee for deposit into the Racetrack Table Games Fund in the amount of one hundred dollars, which shall be in lieu of the first year's license fee provided in subsection (g) of this section.
(e) Authorization. -- A license to supply a racetrack table games licensee authorizes the licensee to sell or lease gaming equipment or offer services to a racetrack with West Virginia Lottery table games while the license is active. The commission may by rule establish the conditions which constitute an emergency under which the commission may issue provisional licenses pending completion of final action on an application.
(f) Inventory. -- A licensed table games supplier shall submit to the commission a list of all gaming equipment and services sold, delivered to or offered to a racetrack with West Virginia Lottery table games in this state when required by the commission.
(g) Fees, expiration date and renewal. -- A licensed table games supplier shall pay to the commission an annual license fee of one hundred dollars for an initial term beginning prior to the date of the supplier's first sale to a racetrack table games licensee and continuing through the end of the twelfth month thereafter whenever the licensee has paid the renewal fee and has continued to comply with all applicable statutory and rule requirements. The commission shall renew a license to supply a racetrack with West Virginia Lottery table games annually thereafter. A racetrack table games licensee may continue to use supplies acquired from a licensed table games supplier while that supplier was licensed, notwithstanding the expiration of the supplier's license, unless the commission finds a defect in those gaming supplies.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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