CONCORD – In a prolonged session, the New Hampshire senate voted to pass SB 242, legislation to expand gambling in the state. Senator Lou D’Allesandro (D-Manchester) issued the following comments after passage of the bill:
“We’ve seen some version of this legislation many times over the years. And while opinions in this body have wavered in favor or against gambling, the fact remains that there is a demand for it in the state and that expanding gaming provides a significant revenue resource for New Hampshire,” said Senator D’Allesandro, prime sponsor of the bill. “Charitable gaming has been taking place in New Hampshire for years, grossing around $100 to $200 million annually with the state and local communities completely excluded from that revenue. Not to mention, we’ve been watching the people of New Hampshire go elsewhere to gamble for years. It’s time we utilize this already thriving industry to benefit economic growth.”
This legislation would allow for the operation of two casinos in New Hampshire, including the operation of video and slot machines and table games under the auspices of the state with a portion of proceeds from the facility’s revenue to be distributed to the host community, the county and the state.