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Letter: On casino bill, Norelli has ensured a fair process

For the first time in many years, the gambling issue has reached a point in our legislative process that may actually see a casino bill become law. Whatever one may feel about that, it’s worth noting that in our large and genuinely unruly House, the speaker has been doing all she can to ensure a fair deliberative process. And for that, I’m sure she is being assailed on all sides.

I am a longtime fan of Terie Norelli. She is an exceptional leader, possessing intelligence, humor, patience and a remarkable ability to listen. She is also a legislator committed to the process and traditions of the New Hampshire House. With an issue as controversial as the casino gambling bill, the only way forward to an acceptable, democratically achieved resolution is fair process, and Norelli has been doing everything she can to ensure that.

I don’t know how the speaker feels about the gambling proposal now before the House. It’s probably not important. What is important is that when the House meets to debate the gambling bill, both sides of the issue recognize that they will have a complete opportunity to make all the arguments and amendments they want to make, and then they will vote. And that vote, while noteworthy, will hardly be the last, because the Senate clearly wants gambling, and senators do have a way of fighting for what they want.

I’d like to wish the speaker all the luck in the world in managing the debate, and I’d like to say “thanks” for caring so much about a fair process.

PETER HOE BURLING

Cornish

(The writer is a Democratic national committeeman for New Hampshire.)

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