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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.

(Ben Leubsdorf can be reached at 369-3307 or bleubsdorf@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @BenLeubsdorf.)

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