NH Senate considering gambling bill

Posted Nov. 06, 2011, at 10:27 a.m.

CONCORD, N.H. — A state Senate committee may vote on a bill Tuesday that would legalize four casinos with a maximum of 10,000 video slot machines in New Hampshire.

The Ways and Means Committee may decide on a recommendation for the bill Tuesday. The committee has until early next year to act.

Last month, the House Ways and Means Committee abandoned its longstanding opposition to video slots and recommended legalizing two casinos. Each casino could install 5,000 video slots and offer table games.

Both bills face votes early next year by their respective chambers.

New Hampshire’s bill comes up on the same day voters in neighboring Maine will decide a pair of gambling referendum questions, one to allow racinos in Biddeford and near Calais, and another proposing a new casino in Lewiston.

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