Brand New Hampshire’s casino bill faced a grilling Tuesday in the State House, which has always proved a graveyard of casino bills past. And there have been several.
Granite Determination: Legalizing casinos in New Hampshire is a no-brainer for Senator Lou D’Allesandro. Only if their state House shared a similar standpoint.
This is Senator Lou D’Allesandro’s (D-Manchester) nineteenth attempt to legalize casino video gaming in the state, and every successive bill’s annual defeat inside your 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 not dogged, and D’Allesandro believes, simply as he has every year, very nearly for the past 2 full decades, that this is actually the 12 months to obtain the business done.
Things didn’t start auspiciously for the bill’s hearing at a meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee, as evidenced by the Casino Free New Hampshire group hosting a pre-hearing news that is anti-gambling in the lobby. We suspect, incidentally, that this is the way 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 person in the House Finance Committee and plainly not just a fan of D’Allesandro’s work.
‘The numbers that have been presented are really pie-in-the-sky figures Continue reading