NH House to vote on expanded gambling bills

Mar 18, 2013 9:30 AM

The House will vote on two gambling bills this week that, if rejected, may mean expanded gambling won’t have an easy path to the governor’s desk.

The House bills differ from the bill that sailed through the Senate last week calling for one casino, 150 table games and up to 5,000 slots. That bill is supported by Gov. Maggie Hassan, who included $80 million in license fees from a casino in her budget.

One House bill allows two casinos, but doesn’t specify how many table games or slots. The other allows six gambling locations — four with 600 slots and two with 1,300.

Casino supporters will likely dismiss next week’s votes, saying the bills differ too greatly from the Senate proposal to really capture the mood of the House position.

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