The New Hampshire House will hold a public hearing Tuesday on Senate Bill 242, which would authorize slot machines and table games at two casinos in the state. The House has rejected casino bills 19 times, but came within one vote of passage in 2014, the last time a two-casino bill was proposed. The Senate passed this latest casino proposal 13-10 on March 23. Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester, the bill’s lead sponsor and a longtime casino champion, takes it as a good sign that the House passed both Keno and the online purchase of lottery tickets during its budget deliberations. “They passed Keno and they passed the online buying of lottery tickets so they must like gambling,” D’Allesando said Monday. In an op-ed this weekend, D’Allesandro estimated the two casinos would generate $194 million in tax revenue in FY 2021, the assumed first year of full operation.
“New Hampshire people support expanded gaming,” D’Allesandro said. “That’s a postulate I believe in. Do the 400 members of the House? I don’t know.”