Sen. Ronald Miller, D-Greenbrier, introduced the bill.
"I'm not a gambler, don't like gambling to tell the truth, but it seems to be a basic unfairness," Miller said. "They were just trying to clean it up and make it fair for everyone."
Fishon said no one seems to know why the ban on employees and their families was placed in state law to begin with. He said no other state casinos have such bans in place.
"Even the West Virginia Lottery Commission themselves, nobody is really sure why it got put in and a lot of people weren't even sure it was there," he said.
The state Senate unanimously passed the legislation last week. It easily passed the House Judiciary Committee and received its first reading in the House on Tuesday. Barring unforeseen circumstances, the bill should pass by Thursday.