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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 8, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- With three days remaining in the 79th West Virginia Legislature's first regular session, the fate of a bill that could make table games at Charles Town Races & Slots more acceptable to Jefferson County voters appears grim, according to bill sponsor State Sen. Herb Snyder. "As of right now, it's dead," Snyder said Wednesday afternoon of the version of Senate Bill 718 that passed the Senate last week on a 33-1 vote. "At the same time, the session is not over.
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November 21, 2009
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. -- If a table games referendum is passed in Jefferson County next month, revenue from the games at Charles Town Races & Slots is being eyed as a potential funding source to help Shepherd University build a parking garage, officials said Friday. Jefferson County is scheduled to vote on the table games referendum Saturday, Dec. 5. Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson, and state Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson/Berkeley, said in interviews last week they have urged West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin to support their efforts to identify a funding source for the university's parking garage project.
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October 5, 2009
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- State House members worked to advance a bill to legalize table games at Pennsylvania's slot-machine casinos in an unusual Sunday session, as the politically divided Legislature struggled to finalize a government budget that is already three months late. The proposal is a key element of lawmakers' efforts to find new tax revenue to offset the state government's huge, recession-driven revenue shortfall. On the sidelines of the debate, Gov. Ed Rendell worked to repair a rift between Senate Republicans and House Democrats after last week's collapse of a handshake budget deal between leaders.
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June 22, 2006
Congratulations to the West Virginia officials who are sticking to their guns and insisting that any expansion of gambling in the state be subject to referendum. Residents who will have gambling in their midst need the power to say whether it is a benefit or a detriment to the area. The subject of adding so-called "table games" at the state's horse tracks was raised again this week when an officials of Penn National, which owns Charles Town Races & Slots, spoke to local officials.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | June 9, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Voters in Jefferson County rejected Charles Town Races & Slots' proposal to add table games such as poker, roulette and blackjack to the racetrack, according to complete, but unofficial results. With all 30 precincts tallied, about 56 percent of voters were against the proposal, with about 44 percent favoring the plan, according to results released by Jefferson County Clerk Jennifer Maghan. The vote count stood at 5,626 "no" votes and 4,429 "yes" votes, according to results.
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 24, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - Charles Town Races & Slots could offer an electronic version of casino table games and implement them now without voter approval, but the Jefferson County, W.Va., racing facility is not interested in the games, a track official said Monday. Pennsylvania's gambling regulators last week approved a new slot machine that mimics table games, and gaming experts say the machines offer casinos in states like Pennsylvania and Delaware a way to circumvent state bans on table games that involve a human dealer.
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By RICHARD F. BELISLE | November 4, 2009
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Two groups, one that wants Charles Town Races & Slots to add table games and one that does not, have come up with arguments they claim are based on extensive research to support their positions. Jefferson County voters will decide Dec. 5 on whether to bring table games to Charles Town. Table games include poker, blackjack, Caribbean stud, craps and roulette, among other games. Members of the Gateway New Economy Council pored over Jefferson County, state and West Virginia Lottery statistics to come up with a 31-page study that outlines how much the state, Jefferson County and its five municipalities have received since slot machines (video lottery terminals or VLTs)
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by DAVE McMILLION | March 7, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County voters would view the possibility of table games at Charles Town Races & Slots in a more favorable light under a state Senate casino table games bill passed Tuesday that would generate about $1 million for Jefferson County Schools, county and state officials said Tuesday. Officials have been pushing for the school system to share potential revenue from table games if they are allowed at Charles Town Races & Slots, and some local officials felt county voters might vote against allowing table games at the track if no funds were set aside for education.
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by DAVE McMILLION | June 20, 2006
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Jefferson County residents would have the chance to vote on casino table games at Charles Town Races & Slots, but if approved, they would have to wait a minimum of five years before they could vote again on the games' fate at the track, according to a proposal discussed Monday. Track officials maintain they need to have casino table games to stay ahead of gambling competition in other states. A bill was considered in the Legislature earlier this year to allow casino table games at the state's four racetracks, but it was criticized by lawmakers and other officials because it proposed to take away the rights of Jefferson County voters to control gaming at the track through elections.
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by DAVE McMILLION | April 6, 2007
CHARLES TOWN, W.VA. - The Jefferson County Commission agreed Thursday to hold a special election June 9 to allow Jefferson County residents to decide whether casino table games should be allowed at Charles Town Races & Slots. The commissioners voted unanimously in favor of the election after a track official said he believed June 9 is a good day because it is a Saturday and many residents will be off from work. John Finamore, senior vice president of regional operations for Penn National Gaming Inc., which owns Charles Town Races & Slots, said, "We're ready to go. " The decision to hold the election June 9 comes a week after the issue was last discussed with the commission.
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