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 several.
Granite Determination: Legalizing casinos in New Hampshire is a no-brainer for Senator Lou D’Allesandro. If only their state House shared a comparable standpoint.
This is Senator Lou D’Allesandro’s (D-Manchester) nineteenth attempt to legalize casino gaming in the state, and every successive bill’s annual defeat in the House has become something of a brand 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 each year, nearly for the previous 2 full decades, that here is the year to obtain the company done.
Things did not begin auspiciously for the bill’s hearing at a meeting associated with 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 really is 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 person in the House Finance Committee and plainly not a fan of D’Allesandro’s work.
‘The numbers that have been presented are really numbers that are pie-in-the-sky’ she s (more…)