CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Although Charles Town Races is set to install up to 850 slot machines at its thoroughbred track, there is no guarantee that Gov. Cecil Underwood will sign into law a bill that allows the machines, a spokesman for the governor said Wednesday.
Underwood has been concerned about expansion of gambling in the state, and although supporters of the "coin-drop" bill say it will not mean more machines, the governor wants to make his own determination, said Underwood spokesman Rod Blackstone.
"We need to analyze the legislation and see if that's accurate," Blackstone said.
"He's expressed a lot of concerns about widespread gambling in West Virginia."
Meanwhile, a conservative women's organization based in Mason County has written a letter urging Underwood to veto the coin-drop bill and a bill to allow casino gambling at The Greenbrier resort in southern West Virginia.
Alice Click, coordinator of Concerned Women for America, called coin-drop the "crack cocaine" of gambling because it is so addictive. Click said she fears slot machines will spread to the rest of the state if West Virginia's four horse and dog tracks are allowed to have them.