Friday, May 17, 2013
The 23-22 vote saw members of both parties voting on either side of the issue.
A joint committee of House Ways and Means and Finance voted 23-22 Wednesday to recommend Senate Bill 152 "inexpedient to legislate." The massive casino bill will now move to the larger House on May 22. The tight vote saw legislators from both parties voting on either side of the issue. See the breakdown below (Note: yays are to recommend "inexpedient to legislate," nays are against the motion)
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Several from Salem sounded off on the 23-22 "inexpedient to legislate" recommendation.
A mixed reaction from Salem Selectmen and legislators Wednesday saw some who were disappointed while others remained optimistic following a special House committee's recommendation to kill a massive casino bill. Following a 23-22 joint committee vote in favor of an "inexpedient to legislate" motion, Senate Bill 152 will head to the full House next week. Selectman Stephen Campbell said he was "pleasantly surprised" given the makeup of the subcommittee, which he said he understood to have a significant amount of people who questioned the wisdom of gambling. Campbell noted that the 45-member committee only makes up 10 percent of the total House. Selectman Mike Lyons was more disappointed with the outcome, but added that New Hampshire has the …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Joe Casey and Stephen Burke brought out several NH workers, each wearing 'Yes on SB152' T-shirts.
Representatives from the NH Building and Trades Council and NH Ironworkers both brought out a wave of casino supporters this afternoon to create a presence at the House Special Committee Executive session and vote on Senate Bill 152. See video above of Joe Casey, president of the NH Building and Trades Council, and Steven Burke of the NH Ironworkers. A vote is expected after the Executive Session starts at 1 p.m. in the Legislative Office Building in Concord.
A fee of more than $5,000 was recently assessed for an accessory apartment.
A Salem state representative is battling the town over impact and betterment fees that he feels were improperly assessed for an accessory apartment above a two-door garage at his home. Appearing before the Board of Selectmen Monday, Rep. Ronald Belanger (R) brought forth the argument that he should be reimbursed since the apartment was created prior to when the fees were put in place on March 9, 2005. Belanger brought forward the complaint after recently paying over $5,000 in fees for the apartment while he was trying to complete his financing on his home. Salem attorney William Mason, who was representing Belanger, said that the apartment was created between 2001 and 2003, and has never been occupied. But Town Manager Keith Hickey said …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
House subcommittees are rifling through more than a dozen amendments today, including a couple that call for multiple casinos in NH.
State lawmakers today are rifling through more than a dozen amendments to the bill to legalize casino gambling in New Hampshire, including at least two proposed changes that would allow for more than one "high-end casino." Additional amendments are expected Tuesday afternoon. House subcommittees studying revenues, regulations and "community impact" are to conclude their work today ahead of a full committee vote Wednesday on Senate Bill 152. There are various pending amendments, including: The Ames-Rogers-Leishman amendment calls for numerous other changes to the bill, including requirements for casino license applicants to provide: When the subcommittee was reviewing this amendment, Rep. Colette Worsman (R-Meredith) had several questions …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Legislative week: A House 'super committee' votes Wednesday on the casino gambling bill.
Could New Hampshire be a step closer to legalizing casino gambling? Will the traditional anti-casino constituency in the House regroup and rise again and begin to dismantle Senate Bill 152? The House "super committee" reviewing the bill is eyeing numerous changes, and the big committee vote comes Wednesday. Do you like its chances? _______ The House and Senate are not in session this week as policy committees shovel away at outstanding bills. The Governor and Executive Council meet Wednesday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in council chambers at the Statehouse. Casino: Yes or No? The Joint House Committee of Finance and Ways and Means aims to wrap up its work today and Tuesday before discussion and a vote Wednesday on Senate Bill 152, the bill to …
The town's Casino Advisory Committee has previously discussed the subject.
Salem's Casino Advisory Committee is mulling the potential use of a trust fund for any casino revenue that would come to the town in the event that Rockingham Park were to receive the bid award. According to Selectman Stephen Campbell, who is the board's representative to the casino committee, the thought process behind having one or two trust funds is to allow residents to know where the gambling revenue is going. Campbell told the town's Budget Committee late last week that a trust fund could be set up in several different ways. One could have the Board of Selectmen act as agents to expend any revenue. In another strategy, a trust fund could require voter approval to expend any funds. "Once you pour money into the general fund, it's hard…
Saturday, May 11, 2013
A proposal to cut the revenue to 1 percent is on the table.
The national press whipped itself into a frenzy over her vote. Ayotte's also getting plenty of criticism in NH, but supporters demand to be heard. Does this rising GOP star still shine?
U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) continues to make headlines over her vote against expanded background checks for gun buys, and her op-ed framing the debate was like, to some people, gasoline on a fire. What does the gun vote mean for Ayotte? Does it have any long-term effects for a first-term senator who's not up for re-election until 2016? The National Rifle Association came to her defense with a $25,000 television buy in New Hampshire, which New Hampshire Democratic Party spokesman Harrell Kirstein criticized as "deceitful and dishonest." The NHDP challenged the accuracy of Ayotte's op-ed, and cited polls that show strong support among Granite Staters for expanded background checks. And the ad wars continue: American Future Fund is to …
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Republican governor of Louisiana appeared at a PAC fundraiser in Manchester Friday.
MANCHESTER, NH – A crowd of about 50 Republicans trickled into the Radisson Hotel Ballroom here Friday night to hear what Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal had to say about the future of the GOP. "We lost an election, it's time to get over it," he said. "The reality is I'm tired of the navel-gazing. I'm tired of all the public confessions. The reality is we already have one liberal party in America. We don't need two liberal parties." As the head of the Republican Governors Association, Jindal has been making regular appearances for various groups across the country. The governor has been kicked around as a possible presidential hopeful in 2016. Jindal's New Hampshire visit, the first this year for a potential 2016 candidate, was for a …