Senate Majority Leader: Casino Bill Has a Chance
Does expanded gambling have a chance in the NH Senate? Decidedly so, Bradley says.
Jeb Bradley, Majority Leader of the New Hampshire Senate, fielded numerous questions during a Live Chat with NH Patch on Wednesday, including whether he thinks a casino bill has a chance in the Senate.
Here's Bradley's reply:
"Yes. While I have personally never been a proponent of gaming, I think Sen. Morse's plan to dedicate a significant portion of the proceeds from gaming to rebuilding roads and bridges in New Hampshire as well as improving access to higher education for New Hampshire students, improves the likelihood of gaming's eventual passage."
Expanded gambling has support from Gov. Maggie Hassan, who has said she would carefully consider a highly regulated casino near the border with Massachusetts.
The Salem Board of Selectmen moved on Monday to create a Casino Advisory Committee to prepare for the possibility of expanded gambling coming to fruition. That panel was suggested by the advocacy group N.H. Casino Now.
As the debate takes shape, the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling seeks to boost opposition.
The Q&A with Senate Majority Leader Bradley is here.