N.H. House committee prepares to vote today on Senate’s casino bill
All eyes are on the House’s casino ‘supercommittee’ as it prepares to take a vote this afternoon on the Senate’s bill to allow a single casino in New Hampshire.
The 45-member joint committee, a mashup of the House Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, has spent weeks going over possible changes to Senate Bill 152, which passed the GOP-led Senate on a 16-8 vote in March.
Gov. Maggie Hassan, a Democrat, has endorsed the bill, saying the $80 million license fee for a casino will provide critical revenue for the next state budget. But the Democratic-led House has long been hostile to proposals for expanded gambling.
The joint committee will meet at 9 a.m. today for a work session and begin its executive session, which will include a vote on the bill, at 1 p.m.
That will tee up a debate and vote by the full House.
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