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§29-25-29. Video lottery terminal requirements; application for approval of video lottery terminals; testing of video lottery terminals; report of test results; modifications to previously approved models; conformity to prototype; seizure and destruction of terminals.

(a) Video lottery terminals registered with and approved by the commission for use at the gaming facility may offer video lottery games regulated, controlled, owned and operated by the commission in accordance with the provisions of this section and utilizing specific game rules.

(b) A manufacturer may not sell or lease a video lottery terminal for placement at the gaming facility unless the terminal has been approved by the commission. Only manufacturers with licenses may apply for approval of a video lottery terminal or associated equipment. The manufacturer shall submit two copies of terminal illustrations, schematics, block diagrams, circuit analysis, technical and operation manuals and any other information requested by the commission for the purpose of analyzing and testing the video lottery terminal or associated equipment.

(c) The commission may require that two working models of a video lottery terminal be transported to the location designated by the commission for testing, examination and analysis.

(1) The manufacturer shall pay all costs of testing, examination, analysis and transportation of such video lottery terminal models. The testing, examination and analysis of any video lottery terminal model may require dismantling of the terminal and some tests may result in damage or destruction to one or more electronic components of such terminal model. The commission may require that the manufacturer provide specialized equipment or pay for the services of an independent technical expert to test the terminal.

(2) The manufacturer shall pay the cost of transportation of two video lottery terminals to lottery headquarters. The commission shall conduct an acceptance test to determine terminal functions and central system compatibility. If the video lottery terminal fails the acceptance test conducted by the commission, the manufacturer shall make all modifications required by the commission.

(d) After each test has been completed, the commission shall provide the terminal manufacturer with a report containing findings, conclusions and pass/fail results. The report may contain recommendations for video lottery terminal modification to bring the terminal into compliance with the provisions of this article. Prior to approving a particular terminal model, the commission may require a trial period not to exceed sixty days for a licensed gaming facility to test the terminal. During the trial period, the manufacturer may not make any modifications to the terminal model unless modifications are approved by the commission.

(e) The video lottery terminal manufacturer and licensed gaming facility are jointly responsible for the assembly and installation of all video lottery terminals and associated equipment. The manufacturer and licensed gaming facility shall not change the assembly or operational functions of a terminal licensed for placement in West Virginia unless a request for modification of an existing video terminal prototype is approved by the commission. The request shall contain a detailed description of the type of change, the reasons for the change and technical documentation of the change.

(f) Each video lottery terminal approved for placement at the gaming facility shall conform to the exact specifications of the video lottery terminal prototype tested and approved by the commission. If any video lottery terminal or any video lottery terminal modification, which has not been approved by the commission, is supplied by a manufacturer and operated by the gaming facility, the commission shall seize and destroy all of that licensed gaming facility's and manufacturer's noncomplying video lottery terminals and shall suspend the license and permit of the licensed gaming facility and manufacturer.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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