Published On: Wed, Apr 19th, 2017

New Hampshire Senator Tries to Get Casino Bill Passed

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New HampshireThe famous Rockingham Park was sold off last year. This site had long been eyed as a prime casino location. But here’s the scoop: lawmakers aren’t yet discouraged about expanding gambling in the state of New Hampshire.

 

Reports suggest that Senator Lou D’Allesandro is currently working on a legislative bill to permit two casinos in New Hampshire. When addressing the House Ways and Means Committee recently, the senator said that New Hampshire continues to be a very attractive location for people. He added that even though there is no doubt that Rockingham was seen as the dream casino venue, there are several others who are ambitious to create something similar.

 

Opposing views on the casino bill

 

The proposed casino bill (Senate Bill 242) has managed to pass through the state with a 13-10 vote. However, it will face its biggest challenge in the state House. Up until now, no casino bill has ever been passed by the lower chamber. Even though advocates believe that casinos will help in boosting state revenues, the critics aren’t really convinced. They feel that it might result in another addiction concern and take businesses away from the local theaters and restaurants.

 

According to projections, New Hampshire will collect approximately $160 million by 2021 if the bill is passed. But critics are scrutinizing these numbers saying that it is rather unlikely for just two casinos to house 5,000 slot machines (this is the maximum number permitted by the bill). The neighboring Foxwoods Resort Casino, on the other hand, has about 4,800 slot machines. It is ranked as one of the biggest casinos in the country.

 

Will the governor give a nod to the bill?

 

There is no clarity with regards to whether Governor Chris Sununu would agree to sign the proposed bill. Even though the Republican claimed that he was open to the idea of online gambling during his campaign, he needs to have the “right” bill in front of him. Jayne Millerick, the governor’s chief of staff, was reported saying that the official is closely tracking Senate Bill 242 and seeing it go through the entire legislative process.

 

The proposed bill will legalize a huge casino, equipped with up to 160 tables and 3,500 slot machines. It would also authorize a small casino with up to 80 tables and 1,500 slot machines. Both establishments would need to pay a licensing fee in the beginning and later provide a percentage of the total earnings to the state.

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