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Editorial: Legislature should approve sports betting in W.Va.

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling:

For a change, West Virginia legislators should be proactive rather than reactive. Time is growing very short for lawmakers to do that on sports gambling.

U.S. Supreme Court justices have heard arguments in a sports gambling case that originated in New Jersey. In essence, officials there are seeking a ruling that they can get into the sports gambling business without federal interference.Veteran court observers expect the justices to decide in favor of New Jersey. Their ruling could occur as early as February. It would come by June, at the latest.

West Virginia House of Delegates member Shawn Fluharty, D-Ohio, has been prodding fellow lawmakers for some time to allow sports betting in our state. He has had no success in gaining legislation on the issue, possibly because of the federal ban on it.

If that prohibition is lifted by the high court, there will be a rush to implement state sports gambling programs. Some states, including our neighbors Pennsylvania, Ohio and Maryland, already have taken some steps in that regard. …

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