Democratic Delegate Shawn Fluharty, wants the West Virginia to introduce sports betting if the nationwide ban is lifted, following the U.S. Supreme Court Case.
Fluharty said: "This is a great opportunity to delve into some revenue generation we desperately need."
New Jersey had appealed to the highest court in the country seeking legalization of sports betting at its casinos and racetracks, which the court agreed to listen. Legal sports betting is allowed only in Nevada and three other states in the country. West Virginia supported New Jersey’s efforts to have the case heard by the Supreme Court.
Though it was never taken up, a bill to legalise the sports betting in the state was sponsored by Fluharty during this year’s legislative session. West Virginia, by legalizing racetrack video lottery in the early 1990s and table games at the beginning of the 2000s jumped on its neighbor has a similar chance now, argued Fluharty.
Fluharty explained that if this law comes around, West Virginia would be ahead of other states, also that the state desperately needed to generate new revenue.