New Hampshire House considers new casino proposal

Question of the Day

Should Congress make English the official language of the U.S.?

View results

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s House is voting Wednesday whether to legalize two casinos about a month after representatives said ‘no’ to one casino.

The Ways and Means Committee voted 11-9 to recommend that the House reject the bill, which includes $25 million in aid to communities as a sweetener. The House has never approved video slots legislation.

The Senate bill proposes legalizing two casinos sharing a total of 5,000 video slot machines and 240 table games. The House killed a bill a month ago that would have legalized one casino licensed to have 5,000 video slot machines. House gambling supporters had talked of adding the $25 million in aid to the House bill had it survived.

While opponents say casinos would harm the state’s image, supporters argue New Hampshire needs the revenue, estimated at $105 million from one casino. The Lottery Commission estimates two casinos as proposed in the Senate bill would generate about $168 million for the state and about $480 million for the two license holders when fully operating.

Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, has repeatedly said she supports only one casino. She and other casino supporters have said they believe New Hampshire should legalize a casino to capture gambling profits that otherwise will be spent in Massachusetts, which is licensing three casinos and one video slots parlor.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
TWT Video Picks