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House Kills Casino Bill by 1 Vote

The House has repeatedly rejected casino gambling.

Casino bill debated again in NH.
Casino bill debated again in NH.
In a nail-biter that hinged on one vote, the House on April 30 killed a bill to legalize casino gambling in New Hampshire.

The House vote was 173-172 to find the casino bill "inexpedient to legislate." The bill proposed two casino locations with a combined total of 5,000 slot machines and 240 table games.

A motion for reconsideration was filed with the House after the vote.

Supporters argued for adopting the bill, which the Senate previously passed 15 to 9, because of a recent court ruling striking down the state's Medicaid Enhance Tax as unconstitutional. Opponents rejected that "sweetener" argument.

"We are not facing a crisis," said Rep. Neal Kurk, R-Weare. He said the governor and lawmakers were in the process of resolving the problem. He further called any revenue from casinos being unpredictable and unreliable.

Rep. Jane Wallner, D-Concord, urged House members to reject the bill, and the notion that casinos would deliver the timely revenue for state government.

"While we are all concerned about the met decision, this is not a time to panic and create more damage through unintended consequences," Wallner said. "The MET issue is being used to create panic and to pitch casinos as the answer and only possible answer."

But if it is not a crisis, argued Rep. Ken Weyler, R-Kingston, why did Standard & Poors downgrade the state's bonding rating after the MET court ruling?

Forty-one states have some form of casino gambling, and it's proven a reliable revenue source without the spikes in crime and social ills that opponents of a New Hampshire casino have cited, according to Weyler.
Bob Elliott May 02, 2014 at 12:30 PM
By the way, the House of Representatives split on this vote. It was 172 FOR, and 172 AGAINST. The Asst. speaker, a Democrat who detests gambling, broke the tie, and killed the bill. We in Concord call that " the tyranny" of the Majority. It's a fact of political life, and I can deal with it. Next Weds. we vote again to " reconsider" this bill.
Deborah May 02, 2014 at 12:48 PM
Hey Bob what about the tyranny of the fab 4 from Salem?
Reggie May 02, 2014 at 04:28 PM
I hear Gary Lambert is pro casino in Salem.
Bob Elliott May 03, 2014 at 09:26 AM
John Sytek voted FOR the casino this time. That just leaves the unholy " Trinity ", Rep. Patric Bick, and the sisters. Patrick is a friend of mine, but I can't persuade him to change his mind. The sisters politely avoid me in Concord. Col. Gary Lambert will carry Salem in November, but if his competitor should win, she will take her sister with her to Washington, no doubt as her Chief of Staff. But if she doesn't care about 81% of her constituents in Salem, why should she care about us in Washington , D.C. , which is perhaps where the millions of dollars for her campaign originates.???? The money certainly won't come from Salem. And we're not talking about pennies , or dollars folks, we're talking millions. As my old grannie used to say: " America has the best politicians that money can buy."
Peter May 03, 2014 at 05:47 PM
This is an exact Quote from Pat Bicks own page "The very people we have put in office to represent us are not listening. They are making laws against us and ignoring their constituents" What a hypocrite, HE IS NOT LISTING TO HIS CONSTITUENTS! He has a private addenda that does not include gambling. Rockingham Park has had gambling since 1902. It makes me sick to drive by and see it in such a shambles. We don't need more housing in Salem or more Stores we need a REVENUE GENERATING Business at the Rock. Instead of shooting down a Casino WHAT has Bick suggested that will generate money for the State and the Town. NOTHING! that's what. Same for the Garcia sisters who missed many a vote all year but decided to vote against a casino. IT IS TIME FOR BICK AND THE GARCIAS TO GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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