Delegate Shawn Fluharty (D-Ohio) has been an outspoken supporter of the legalization of sports betting for several years.
He actually introduced legislation to legalize sports betting in West Virginia two years ago. He has been pushing for its passage ever since.
With the Supreme Court’s decision to allow sports betting in every state and the legalization of sports betting in West Virginia, Fluharty expects bets will start taking place in the Mountain State within 90 days.
He says this is a big positive for the state and creates a new source of revenue without creating new taxes.
He said he is excited to see West Virginia at the forefront.
“You’re going to see a 50 state race to get this implemented throughout the country. It just so happens West Virginia is at the front of it. We’re going to be one of the few states up and running right away, hopefully in the next few months. You’ll see instant revenue and people coming into the state, especially here in the Northern Panhandle,” said Fluharty.
The sports betting legislation that passed in West Virginia earlier this year will allocate a portion of revenue, once a certain threshold is met, to PEIA.
Fluharty has filed a FOIA request to obtain information about a meeting that was held at the West Virginia Lottery Headquarters with Governor Jim Justice regarding sports betting.
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