Senate Bill No. 208
(By Senators Kessler and Edgell)
[Introduced January 13, 2010; referred to the Committee on
Agriculture; and then to the Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §61-8-19c, relating
to making it a felony to wager at animal fighting ventures;
making it a felony to conduct, finance, manage, supervise, own
or lease any part of an animal fighting venture or the
premises on which it takes place with knowledge that wagering
is occurring; and providing criminal penalty.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-8-19c, to read as
ARTICLE 8. CRIMES AGAINST CHASTITY, MORALITY AND DECENCY.
§61-8-19c. Wagering at animal fighting prohibited; penalty.
(a) It is unlawful for any person to bet or wager money or any
other thing of value in any location or place where an animal fighting venture occurs.
(b) It is unlawful for any person to conduct, finance, manage,
supervise, direct, lease or own all or a part of a business or
premises involving betting or wagering on an animal fighting
venture with the knowledge that the betting or wagering is
(c) Any person who violates the provisions of this section is
guilty of a felony and, upon conviction thereof, shall be
imprisoned in a state correctional facility for not less than one
year, fined not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000, or both
imprisoned and fined.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to make wagering at animal
fighting ventures and conducting, financing, managing, supervising,
owning or leasing any part of an animal fighting venture or the
premises on which it takes place with knowledge that wagering is
occurring a felony.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.