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Gambling in the Granite State

Casinos back on tap at the State House

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Lawmakers who eight months ago rejected a casino in New Hampshire by 35 votes are poised to have the debate again this year. But for the first time, one of the four bills that would expand gambling comes with the rigorous regulations detractors have complained were missing. Rep. Richard Ames, a Jaffrey Democrat who led the bipartisan Gaming Regulatory Oversight …

Casino panel considering tightening rules on charitable gambling

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Legislators may end up considering two kinds of gambling bills in January: one with rules for a potential casino and another with tighter regulations on the widespread, state-sanctioned gambling already here. Charitable gambling, which allows charities to raise money through table games, bingo and Lucky 7 tickets, earned 300 charities $13.6 million last year, according to the state Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission. …

New Hampshire bill would revive casino study

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Lawmakers will decide tomorrow whether to take a second crack at writing regulations for a casino should one – or more – be proposed again. The trailer bill accompanying the state budget, due for a vote tomorrow, includes the creation of a Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority to study regulations of existing and expanded gambling. The authority would have until Dec. 15 to write …

N.H. Casino debate may not be over

Sunday, June 2, 2013

While the casino bill died in the New Hampshire House this month by 35 votes, the debate may not be over just yet. Some House members are considering reviving a gambling study commission asked in 2010 to write rules and regulations for a casino should the state ever …

How Merrimack Co. representatives voted on N.H. casino bill

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The New Hampshire House yesterday voted, 199-164, to kill a bill allowing a single casino in New Hampshire. The bill had passed the Senate on March 14 on a 16-8 vote. Here’s how Merrimack County’s representatives voted on the motion to kill Senate Bill 152. Twenty-eight voted “yes” …

N.H. House kills Senate’s casino bill, 199-164

Thursday, May 23, 2013

The House ended the casino debate in two hours yesterday, killing the Senate’s bill, 199-164, without considering more than a dozen amendments. The bill’s opponents cited concerns about creating a monopoly by legalizing just one casino and approving …

BREAKING: N.H. House kills bill legalizing single casino

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

After months of debate and lobbying from all sides, the House voted 199-164 this afternoon to kill a bill legalizing a single casino. Gov. Maggie Hassan, who campaigned on a plan to use casino revenue to restore deep …

Freshman House members may direct casino debate

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

If there’s any doubt today’s House vote on whether to legalize a casino has deeply divided lawmakers, consider this: By yesterday afternoon, there were at least 14 amendments to the Senate’s bill, one of them a full rewrite. Predictions had casino gambling losing by 40 or 60 votes …

In Pennsylvania, casino seen as a lifesaver

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Michelle Barone, 45, makes a living selling medical devices. For fun, she takes her paycheck to the Meadows casino in North Strabane, Pa., and gambles three times a week, eight hours a visit. Barone, dressed better than anyone …

House likely to make big changes to casino bill

Friday, May 10, 2013

The casino bill that came over from the Senate this spring is likely going to look quite different when it reaches the House floor this month. After studying the Senate’s casino bill for three weeks, a joint House …

Proposed Salem casino gets bigger: hotel, spa added

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Millennium Gaming unveiled its latest plans for a casino in Salem last night to an adoring audience of nearly 300 people. The once $450 million project is now a $600 million plan with not only a casino and …

Millennium’s casino in Pennsylvania racks up fines

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Millennium Gaming, which hopes to open a casino in Salem if the state legalizes expanded gambling, has paid $187,500 in gaming-related fines to Pennsylvania over the last four years, according gaming officials in that state. In some cases, Millennium’s Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Pennsylvania was fined for …

In Massachusetts, casinos provide jobs, taxes, child care and skating rinks

Sunday, May 5, 2013

If a casino opens in Springfield, Mass., as local officials hope, it will have a child care center for casino employees, and at least 90 percent of the employees will be from the local area. The casino will …

State: Belmont slot machines violated N.H. law

Monday, April 29, 2013

State gaming officials ordered the Lakes Region Casino in Belmont to shut down its 96 slot machines earlier this month for allegedly violating state law by paying slot winners with Visa gift cards, according to a “cease and desist” letter sent to the casino. Rick Newman, the casino’s …

Expert: Casinos are public policy question, not a budget fix

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Rye businessman who led a recent state study of expanded gambling told lawmakers yesterday the state will become dependent on casino revenue and be unable to limit the number of casinos to one if it expands gambling. …