New Hampshire Considers Multiple Gambling Bills
Once again the Senate in New Hampshire is considering legislation which would legalize casino gambling in New Hampshire.
This week the Ways and Means Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill sponsored by Sen. Lou D’Allesandro. Last year D’Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat, put forward a casino bill that passed the Senate but not the House. The new bill would allow the state to issue two casino licenses.The House is also considering casino bills, including one which is the result of a special commission which was tasked with developing casino regulations. However, the House has already rejected numerous casino bills.
In further good news for gamblers, the House is also considering a bill which would legalize electronic keno. The bill is due to be voted on this week and would allow the Lottery Commission to install electronic keno games in bars and restaurants. The executive director of the Lottery Commission, Charlie McIntyre, has estimated that keno could raise as much as $9 million annually if it was installed in 250 locations.
However, D’Allesandro is not happy about the bill and has said that it will hurt the chances of passing a casino bill.