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Lawmakers to host table games meeting

June 05, 2009

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. -- Del. John Doyle and state Sen. Herb Snyder will host a public meeting Wednesday at Jefferson High School about the table games bill that was passed in special session this week.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium, according to the lawmakers, who led efforts to get the legislation passed.

"We're going to explain what the bill does and answer any questions," said Doyle, D-Jefferson.

Snyder, D-Jefferson/Berkeley, said the meeting would be informational and explain what additional revenue could be generated for local governments through the addition of table games at Charles Town (W.Va.) Races & Slots.

While House Bill 102 increases the local share of table games revenue, Jefferson County voters have not approved the gaming expansion. They voted against the expansion in 2007.

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The legislation increases the local share of table games revenue that Jefferson County would receive to 5 percent, with 3 percent going to Jefferson County Schools, 1 percent to Jefferson County government and 1 percent divided among the county's five municipal governments.

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