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New Hampshire Casino Bill Pecked to Bits in the House

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

 New Hampshire Casino Bill Pecked to Bits in the House

Brand New Hampshire’s casino bill faced a grilling in the State House, which has always proved a graveyard of casino bills past tuesday. And there have been a few.

Granite Determination: Legalizing casinos in New Hampshire is a no-brainer for Senator Lou D’Allesandro. If perhaps their state House shared a similar perspective.

This is Senator Lou D’Allesandro’s (D-Manchester) 19th effort to legalize casino gaming in the state, and every successive bill’s annual defeat in the home has become something of a New Hampshire tradition, a bit like Rochester Fair but less fun.

Still, the good senator is nothing if maybe not dogged, and D’Allesandro believes, simply as he has every year, almost for the past 2 full decades, that this is the 12 months to obtain the business done.

Bad Start

Things would not begin auspiciously for the bill’s hearing at a meeting for the House Ways and Means Committee, as evidenced by the Casino Free New Hampshire group hosting a pre-hearing news that is anti-gambling in the lobby. We suspect, incidentally, that this will be how the term ‘lobbyist’ originated.

From there it was primarily downhill.

‘ Debating another casino bill is nothing but a waste of time,’ declared Patricia Lovejoy (D-Stratham), a person in the House Finance Committee and demonstrably not a fan of D’Allesandro’s work.

‘The numbers that have been presented are really numbers that are pie-in-the-sky’ she stated, citing the emer (more…)