New Hampshire’s casino bill faced a grilling Tuesday in the State House, which includes always shown a graveyard of casino bills past. And there have been a few.
Granite Determination: Legalizing casinos in New Hampshire is just a no-brainer for Senator Lou D’Allesandro. If perhaps their state House shared a comparable point of view.
This is Senator Lou D’Allesandro’s (D-Manchester) 19th effort to legalize casino video gaming in the state, and each successive bill’s annual defeat in the home has become something of a New Hampshire tradition, a bit like Rochester Fair but less fun.
Still, the senator that is good nothing if maybe not dogged, and D’Allesandro believes, simply as he has every year, almost for the past two decades, that here is the year to get the business done.
Things did not start auspiciously for the bill’s hearing at a meeting of this House Ways and Means Committee, as evidenced by the Casino Free New Hampshire group hosting a pre-hearing anti-gambling news meeting in the lobby. We suspect, incidentally, that this might be how the term ‘lobbyist’ originated.
From there it was primarily downhill.
‘ Debating another casino bill is nothing but a waste of time,’ declared Patricia Lovejoy (D-Stratham), a known member of the House Finance Committee and demonstrably not a fan of D’Allesandro’s work.
‘The numbers that have been presented are really pie-in-the-sky numbers,’ she stated, citing t Continue reading article →