New Hampshire is now one step closer to authorizing casino gambling because the state Senate has passed SB 242.
State Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, a longtime casino advocate, sponsored the bill that permits up to two casinos to secure gaming licenses in the state.
The bill, passed by a 13-10 margin, now goes on to the House for consideration. Despite a similar bill in 2014 passing the Senate, it fell short in the House by a single vote. D’Allesandro says he remains confident he can assemble the votes in the lower chamber this time.
The New Hampshire casino bill uses a similar model to the one enacted in neighboring Massachusetts when it comes to approving casino proposals.
Local authorization would require a charter with the town, as well as a voter referendum. Also included is a stipulation that a second vote can also be held at a later date if the referendum fails.