Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The New Hampshire House of Representatives will open up session at 10 a.m. in Concord.
All cards are on the table today for a piece of legislation that would bring a highly regulated casino to the state of New Hampshire. Members of the House of Representatives will vote on Senate Bill 152 during their session, slated to begin at 10 a.m. The bill calls for up to 150 table games and no more than 5,000 video lottery/slot machines at one casino location in the state By a 23-22 vote last week, a special House Committee of Finance and Ways and Means recommended SB 152 "inexpedient to legislate." The vote came after a slew of amendments were presented in the committee's morning work session that would have completely reworked the bill that passed the New Hampshire Senate with overwhelming support back in March. None of those 17 …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Last week, a House super committee voted to recommend the bill "inexpedient to legislate."
A massive expanded gambling bill that if passed could bring a $600 million casino project to Rockingham Park will be voted on this week in the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Senate Bill 152 is expected to be on the House calendar for this Wednesday. The session begins at 10 a.m in Concord. Last week, a joint House Committee of Finance/Ways and Means voted 23-22 to recommend SB 152 "inexpedient to legislate." The narrow vote came following a motion from Rep. Patricia Lovejoy (D-Stratham). A total of 17 amendments were presented earlier that morning, but none were voted on as the ITL motion was taken up first. Despite the recommendation, Gov. Maggie Hassan (D-NH), released a statement where she remained optimistic as the bill heads …
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 …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Bill Wortman, co-CEO for the Las Vegas-based company, joined the project architect for a town hall forum Wednesday.
Interest for a casino in Salem has reached a fever pitch, as evidenced by the nearly 250 people who squeezed into the Belmont Room of Rockingham Park Wednesday to take a peek at what the facility could one day look like. Easels lined the front of the room displaying updated casino renderings. The project, which would be backed by Millennium Gaming of Las Vegas, is now north of $600 million. The total investment is up over $150 million from the designs presented in February. The new renderings include a convention center, resort hotel with spa and parking garages. Millennium Gaming owns the option to purchase Rockingham Park should Senate Bill 152 pass the state legislature and a casino bid be awarded to the facility. SB 152 proposes up to …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Almost 70 people testified on Tuesday at Representatives Hall in Concord.
A special 45-member Joint Casino Committee made its debut Tuesday, as a public hearing at Representatives Hall saw nearly 70 proponents and opponents argue the merits of Senate Bill 152, which would bring a highly regulated casino to New Hampshire. Supporters squeezed into the seats wearing blue and yellow T-shirts while opponents wore stickers that read "casino," emphasizing the "no." Since her campaign, Gov. Maggie Hassan has supported one license for a high-end facility to be awarded through a competitive bid process. She followed up a long moment of silence for the victims of Monday's Boston Marathon bombing with testimony on what she views as the strengths of SB 152. "While I appreciate the hard work done by the House Finance …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The bill, passed 206-158, would increase the road toll 4 cents a year over three years.
The state gas tax would increase 12 cents over three years under a bill approved by the New Hampshire House of Representatives on March 27. The House voted 206 to 158 to pass House Bill 617, proposed by Rep. David Campbell (D-Nashua) to help fund critical highway and bridge improvements. The bill would increase diesel by 2 cents a year over six years. The legislation would generate $92 million a year, which each cent of the increase being dedicated to improving roads and bridges, according to Campbell. He says it would go toward addressing major concerns, including: "Jobs and the economy," Campbell said in a final pitch to the House before the vote. "Investing in roads and bridges is clearly not a partisan issue." "The state's gas tax is …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The bill passed the House on Wednesday.
After a nearly two and half hour debate, the New Hampshire House voted to pass a 15-cent gas tax increase over the next four years by a margin of 207 to 163. The bulk of the debate followed party lines. The revenue raised would help fund critical road and bridge improvements over the next decade, said Rep. David Campbell, D-Nashua, sponsor of the bill. Campbell said the state had “an infrastructure crisis” and had not increased gas tax since 1991. He said there were major projects – including the completion of the widening of I-93, that was short by $250 million, that needed to be funded. “Without new revenue, that project will not be completed,” he said. Currently, Campbell said, the cost to repave a road in New Hampshire was about $50,…
Friday, January 4, 2013
The lawmakers are part of the first all-female federal delegation in the country.
Friday, January 4
New Hampshire Congresswomen Ann McLane Kuster and Carol Shea-Porter were sworn in Thursday in Washington, D.C. The Democrats are now part of the first all-female federal delegation in United States history. They join Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Kuster, of Hopkinton, defeated Republican Charlie Bass. Shea-Porter, of Rochester, defeated Republican Frank Guinta in the November election. Kuster, who was appointed to the House Agriculture Committee, released the following statement: “It’s a great honor to join the U.S. House of Representatives and to serve the hardworking people of New Hampshire’s Second District. We face many challenges as a state and country, but there is so much we can achieve if we’re …
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
The political group graded three local representatives with top scores.
Lawmakers from Windham, Salem and across the state were graded by Americans for Prosperity – New Hampshire as part of the organization's second annual Legislative Score Card release. The direction of the grades are based on what AFP-NH deems "pro-prosperity positions." To receive a top grade from the advocacy group, a member of the House or Senate had to be present for all votes and have voted in support of the foundation positions. “We are proud to release our second annual legislative score card that details how legislators voted on key issues impacting economic freedom in the state,” said AFP-NH State Director Corey Lewandowski. “We hope that N.H. voters will find this score card to be a valuable tool and educational resource as they …