By PHIL KABLER
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With proponents seeing a chance to get a financial head start over neighboring states, the West Virginia House and Senate Judiciary committees began consideration Wednesday of bills to legalize sports betting at the state’s casinos.
The legislation cleared a major hurdle Wednesday afternoon in the normally gambling-averse House of Delegates, advancing from the House Judiciary on a bipartisan 18-6 vote.
Currently, federal law prohibits most states from offering sports betting, but Lottery Commission general counsel Danielle Boyd said the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to issue a decision, later this spring or summer, overturning that law.
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