Prezioso called for senators to approve another measure that would set up a yearlong study of the state's gambling industry to find ways for it to deal with falling revenues and increasing out-of-state competition.
The Senate approved that study, Senate Bill 656, on a 32-1 vote. Sen. Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, was the lone "nay" vote.
Senators also passed Senate Bill 492, allowing the establishment of a casino at a Pendleton County golf course. The bill created some controversy because it did not include a provision allowing local voters to approve or deny the casino, as the Legislature has previously done.
The bill passed on a 25-8 vote, with "nay" votes from both parties.
Many of the bills passed Wednesday received unanimous votes, including:
* Senate Bill 355, which would allow businesses to pay fired employees by the next regular payday or within four business days, whichever comes first. Current state law requires businesses to give terminated employees their final paychecks within 72 hours.
* Senate Bill 437, which regulates state dog breeding operations. The legislation allows county commissions to charge fees to commercial dog breeders, up to $250 for operations with 11 to 30 dogs, and up to $500 for breeders with more than 30 dogs. That money will be directed to animal shelters, rescue operations and spay/neuter programs in the respective counties. The permits do not apply to breeders who raise animals for hunting, tracking, dog shows or greyhound racing.
* Senate Bill 451, which exempts newly constructed buildings that do not include carbon monoxide-emitting equipment from the state's carbon monoxide detector requirements.
* Senate Bill 478, which redefines "video lottery machines" in state code to include newer slot machines and allows Greenbrier employees to place wagers in the resort's casino.