New Hampshire’s casino bill faced a grilling Tuesday in the State House, that has always proved a graveyard of casino bills past. And there have been a couple of.
Granite Determination: Legalizing casinos in New Hampshire is really a no-brainer for Senator Lou D’Allesandro. If only their state House shared a similar point of view.
This is Senator Lou D’Allesandro’s (D-Manchester) 19th attempt to legalize casino gaming in the state, and each successive bill’s annual defeat in the home has become something of the 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, just as he has every year, almost for the previous 2 full decades, that this is the 12 months to obtain 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 brand New Hampshire group hosting a pre-hearing anti-gambling news seminar in the lobby. We suspect, incidentally, that this might be how a term ‘lobbyist’ originated.
From there it was primarily downhill.
‘ Debating another casino bill is absolutely nothing but a waste of time,’ declared Patricia Lovejoy (D-Stratham), a member of the House Finance Committee and demonstrably not just a fan of D’Allesandro’s work.
‘The numbers that have been presented are really pie-in-the-sky figures,’ she r Continue reading “New Hampshire Casino Bill Pecked to Bits inside your home”