CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A bill meant to help state casinos purchase new kinds of video lottery and slot machines also would allow Greenbrier employees and their immediate family members to use the resort's casino.
Senate Bill 478, now working its way through the House of Delegates, focuses mainly on updating state law's definition of "video lottery games" to include machines simulating traditional casino games like roulette, dice or baccarat.
But a tiny, six-word strikethrough near the bottom of the bill also removes a restriction forbidding Greenbrier employees and their immediate family members from using the resort casino.
Todd Fishon, vice president of casino operations at The Greenbrier, said the law has proved bothersome for employees family members who book a room at the hotel or attend a conference there.
While everyone else in their group might be playing the slots, Fishon said these family members have had to sit out of the action.
He said the hotel does not plan to allow employees to gamble ("That's not something we've even discussed yet"), and state law still would forbid employees from placing wagers if they are not a hotel guest.
The strike-through allows The Greenbrier to make its own decision about who can and cannot gamble in the casino, Fishon said.
"It takes it out of the law and gives the options to the resort," he said.