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Manchin OKs table games, strip club bills

June 19, 2009

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Gov. Joe Manchin on Wednesday approved legislation that allows West Virginia counties with planning commissions but no zoning to regulate the location of strip clubs.

Senate Bill 1010 essentially allows Berkeley County, which does not have zoning, to reinstate a 2004 ordinance for strip clubs that was deemed invalid last year in circuit court.

SB 1010 was made effective upon passage June 2 by lawmakers who convened in special session to consider 15 bills.

Manchin on June 8 approved two supplemental appropriations measures. He approved the remaining 13 measures Wednesday.

Among other bills approved Wednesday by the governor was legislation that increases the local share of table games revenue for the four counties where such gambling activities are allowed if Jefferson County voters approve the addition of games such as poker and roulette at Charles Town Races & Slots.

Voters denied the proposed gaming expansion in 2007.

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