Cavacini said state laws regarding racetrack casinos have been relatively unchanged since the days when the state had a regional monopoly.
Now West Virginia's tax rate on table games stands out. Pennsylvania's rate is 16 percent, and Ohio's is 33 percent.
Cavacini hopes for legislation that would bring the state more in line with its competitors.
"One of the purposes of this bill is to try and have a discussion of tax rates and what we have to face," he said.
Another provision in the bill likely will draw strong opposition from greyhound and thoroughbred breeders and racing officials.
To offset the $6 million the state would lose by reducing the casino license fees, the bill would divert some of the money now going to greyhound and horse racing purses.
It also would give the casinos more flexibility to decide how many races to hold.
State law requires the casinos to operate racetracks, which existed before slots and table games were authorized.
The tracks currently are required to run races at least 200 days each year. The state Racing Commission also has to approve the number of races held on any given day.
The new bill would change that by reducing the minimum number of days to 150. It would also let the tracks set the number of races they hold each day, provided that number was between a minimum and maximum amount set by the Racing Commission.
Dog and horse breeders plan to oppose this change.
"Our breeders are 100 percent against reducing racing days down to 150," said Carol Fulks, lobbyist for the state Thoroughbred Breeders Association.
Wheeling Island and state Kennel Association representatives recently sparred with the Racing Commission over the race count.
Cavacini said the current law is "self-serving" for the breeders. He said it should be up to the racetracks to determine the number.
"Our track people know best as to how many races there ought to be on a particular day, not the people who are racing their dogs to make a living and earning money off it," he said.
The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. If it passed muster in that panel, it then would go to the Senate Finance Committee before advancing to the full Senate.
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