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Introduced Version House Concurrent Resolution 132 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 132

(By Delegates Skinner, Jones, Espinosa, Poore,

         Wells, Guthrie, Hunt, McCuskey, Walters,

         Swartzmiller, Diserio, Ferro, Andes, Householder,

         Storch, Barrett, Lane and Ferns)

 

Requesting that the Joint Committee on Government and Finance authorize a study on the iLottery and iGaming industries and other casino-based electronic betting in an effort to provide West Virginians with additional lottery game choices, and to improve the competitiveness of West Virginia lottery licensees.

    Whereas, iLottery is the sale of traditional lottery products on the Internet; and

    Whereas, iGaming is interactive casino games including, but not limited to, Internet poker, blackjack, roulette and slots that are offered on an Internet platform or via mobile device; and

    Whereas, Sports betting is the activity of predicting sports results and placing a wager on the outcome; and

    Whereas, Providing a lottery game in which the player’s interaction with the game occurs over the Internet through a website or network would give West Virginians more convenient ways to play and thereby enhance the offerings of the West Virginia lottery; and

    Whereas, In authorizing the use of Internet for certain lottery games, it is the further purpose of this Legislature to expand access to certain lottery games by offering them on the Internet in a well-regulated and secure system designed to create a positive customer experience that limits access to minors, those with gambling problems and other who should not be gaming; and

    Whereas, The states of Georgia, Minnesota, Michigan and Illinois already have iLottery; and

    Whereas, The states of New Jersey, Nevada and Delaware have tied licensing structure to land based casinos already regulated; therefore; be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on the Judiciary is hereby requested to study the iLottery and iGaming industries and other casino-based electronic betting in an effort to improve the competitiveness of the West Virginia lottery; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2015, on its findings, conclusions, and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study and to prepare and draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

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