The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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April 4, 2013

Senate passes resort employee gambling bill

CHARLESTON — Greenbrier County grabbed some legislative attention Wednesday in the West Virginia Senate on two fronts — gambling by The Greenbrier’s staff and the renown School of Osteopathic Medicine.

Without dissent, the upper chamber approved SB478 that lets employees of the historic resort bet at its casino.

Existing law now forbids anyone on the payroll at the White Sulphur Springs resort from wagering at its casino.

Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, said another provision of the bill deletes the auto hold game from the definition of video lottery.

“I understand this is an outdated game and deleting this particular game would allow the casino to buy a greater variety of games,” Prezioso said.

 

As white-coated staff took a stroll down the red carpet for the customary photo-op that follows a Senate resolution, Sen. Bill Laird, D-Fayette, extolled the values of the School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg.

In the past 14 years, Laird said, the institution has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among the top medical schools in America in primary care and family medicine.

Only last year, it was ranked first in the country in graduating primary care physicians who practice in rural Appalachia, Laird said.

“With over 250 full-time employees, the school is an important economic engine in southeastern West Virginia and beyond,” Laird said.

Laird told the Senate that graduates of the school are practicing in 47 states and the nation’s capital.

“More important to our state, is the fact that 603 doctors of osteopathy graduates in Lewisburg now practice in 46 of the 55 counties,” he said.

“Through the continued education effort and commitment to excellence in the practice of medicine, access to health service throughout West Virginia is made possible.”

— E-mail: mannix@register-herald.com

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