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New Hampshire House To Vote On Expanded Gambling

Bill Calls For Two New Casinos

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Sen. Lou D'AllesandroA bill by Sen. Lou D’Allesandro could bring two new casinos to New Hampshire, with tax revenue earmarked not only for the specific county in which the casino is located, but for the whole state as part of revenue sharing clause.

The Senate passed the bill on Wednesday by a vote of 15-9 and it will now go to the House, which most recently voted down a bill for just one casino by 29 votes in early March.

According to the bill, one of the casinos would allow for as much as 3,500 slot machines and 150 table games. The other casino would be smaller, with 1,500 slot machines and 80 table games.

Each of these casinos would have to pay a licensing fee of $80 million and $40 million, respectively. Of the taxes collected for each gambling facility, $25 million annually would be sent to every town and city in the state for property tax relief.

Currently, New Hampshire has charitable, pari-mutuel and lottery gambling.