Other gaming bills that passed the Senate on Wednesday would:
• Call for a committee to study threats from competing casinos and come up with recommendations for ways to bolster the state's gaming industry (SB656). It passed 33-1, with Carmichael opposing.
• Create a sixth casino gaming license for a "rural resort community," intended for a proposed development outside of Franklin in Pendleton County (SB492). It passed 26-8.
• Eliminate archaic technical requirements for slot machines at the racetracks (SB478). The bill also would allow employees of The Greenbrier resort to play slots at the hotel's $80 million casino.
The bills now go to the House of Delegates.
Wednesday was "crossover day," the last day this session for the Senate to act on Senate bills.
Other bills that passed the Senate would:
• Give employers four business days to issue a final paycheck for terminated employees. The Tomblin administration bill (SB355) would expand the current 72-hour requirement, described as an imposition for state businesses.
• Raise salaries for magistrates and their staff in Lewis, McDowell, Wetzel, Wyoming, Barbour and Roane counties by lowering the population threshold for upper tier counties to 7,300 (SB378). Magistrates in the first four counties had their salaries cut from $57,500 to $51,125 because of population losses in those counties.
• Tax alternative motor vehicle fuels, including natural gas and propane, at rates equivalent to the state's gas tax (SB454).
Also Wednesday, a bill that would have allowed auto dealers to sell older, lower-priced vehicles "as is" without warranties (SB459) died in the Senate when it failed to advance to a passage vote.
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