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N.H. gambling panel hires Nevada gaming company

A special panel charged with developing casino regulations for New Hampshire has hired WhiteSand Gaming of Nevada and New Jersey as a consultant.

The New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority announced yesterday that WhiteSand will work with the panel over the next three months to develop regulations for lawmakers to consider next year. The panel has a Dec. 15 deadline to submit the draft legislation.

The authority said it received nine proposals and rated WhiteSand’s the best. Authority Chairman Richard Ames said the consultants’ charges cannot exceed $135,000 under the agreement.

Ames said the authority’s next meeting is next Thursday, when it may meet with the consultant.

The authority released WhiteSand’s submission along with the announcement.

“Being a part of state government, it is especially important to follow a process that is committed to integrity, quality and transparency,” said Ames, a Jaffrey Democrat.

The Senate passed a bill to legalize a single casino this year, but the House rejected it despite lobbying by Gov. Maggie Hassan. A casino bill is being reintroduced, and Hassan hopes the panel will address lawmakers’ concerns about the state’s ability to regulate a casino.

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