West Virginia legislation regarding greyhound racing

2021

In 2021, HB 3093 has been introduced in the West Virginia House. This legislation seeks to decouple active dog racing licenses from racetrack casinos, ending the state mandate for unprofitable greyhound racing.

2020

In 2020, SB 285 was introduced in the West Virginia Senate. This legislation sought to eliminate the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund, ending the state subsidy of greyhound racing and eliminating a state mandate that requires gambling facilities to hold dog races in order to offer other types of gambling.

SB 285 also featured a $3 million worker retraining fund, a $1 million greyhound adoption fund, and a $500 personal tax credit to any West Virginia resident who would have adopted a West Virginia greyhound. This bill passed out of the Senate Finance Committee.

2018

In 2018, SB 588 was introduced in the West Virginia Senate. This legislation sought to prohibit the use of anabolic steroids on racing dogs.

Also in 2018, HB 4293 was introduced in the West Virginia House, and also sought to prohibit the use of anabolic steroids on racing dogs.

2017

In 2017, SB 437 was introduced in the West Virginia Senate. This legislation sought to discontinue the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund. This bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 19-15. SB 437 also passed in the House by a vote of 56-44.

2016

In 2016, HB 4625 was introduced in the West Virginia House. This legislation sought to redirect certain racing and gaming revenues from greyhound development funds to the State Road Fund. The bill passed in the House by a vote of 61-36.

Also in 2016, SB 641 was introduced in the West Virginia Senate. This legislation sought to transfer revenues from certain greyhound racing funds to the State Excess Lottery Revenue Fund. This bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 29-5.


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