The state Senate is lining up to vote on a bill that would cut financial support for greyhound racing at two West Virginia tracks.
The Senate Finance Committee voted 10-6 yesterday afternoon to move the bill to the Senate floor.
The bill would affect Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino Racetrack and Mardi Gras Casino & Resort in Cross Lanes. The state has been taking in money from gaming and then redirecting it to support greyhound racing.
A fiscal note from the state Racing Commission concludes that if that practice stopped then $17 million would flow to the State Excess Lottery Fund for appropriation by the Legislature.
The Legislature passed a bill two years ago to end financial support for greyhound racing, but the bill was vetoedby Gov. Jim Justice during a trip to Wheeling.
Gov. Justice added, however, that with the closing of other Greyhound racing in other states, he does not want West Virginia to be the last harbor for dog racing.
Senator Ryan Weld said that he and Senate President Mitch Carmichael disagree on the issue….