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Bill in WV Legislature would allow legal sports gambling


The Daily Athenaeum

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A proposed bill in the West Virginia Legislature would allow betting on college and professional sports in the state’s five casinos, pending federal approval.

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide within the next few months if it will overturn a ruling from 1992 that made sports betting illegal in all but four states.

Only if the Supreme Court rules in favor of the states would West Virginia be able to sign the bill into law. If it rules against the states, West Virginia would not be able to enact it.

Delegate Paul Espinosa (R-Jefferson), who sponsors the House version of the bill, said Tuesday he believes the Supreme Court will overturn the ruling.

“The expectation in the industry is that the Supreme Court is going to rule that other states can offer it,” Espinosa said.

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