West Virginia targets online gaming with first bill
West Virginia has become the latest state in the US to consider the possibility of legalising online gambling after a bill was put forward by delegates.
House Bill 3067, the first of its kind in the state, sets out plans to authorise “internet gaming managed and licensed through existing authorised gaming facilities in West Virginia”.
Should the bill gain approval, licensed facilities could apply for an online gaming licence for a fee of $50,000 (€46,400) and an agreement to pay a tax rate of 14% on all gross gaming revenue.
Other features of the bill include a requirement for licensed operators to set up their own policies and monitor customers, as well as setting an age limit of 21 for West Virginia residents wishing to access services.
In addition, the bill proposes strict penalties for unlawful activities, with those that breach state law to face fines of up to $300,000 and three years in prison.
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