The special committee tasked with writing casino regulations has written a bill that authorizes a casino in New Hampshire.
The bill allows for one casino with 150 table games and 5,000 slots. The bill also gives Gov. Maggie Hassan the power to appoint a five-member Gaming Commission to oversee the casino's operation.
Hassan has already voiced her support for the bill.
"I encourage all legislators, especially those who previously expressed concerns about regulatory oversight, to fully consider the Authority's carefully developed recommendations as they move through the legislative process," said Hassan, according to the Union Leader.
Attorney General Joe Foster was the only committee member to oppose the bill. From the first committee meeting Foster has argued that the committee's purpose was to write regulations, not authorize a casino.
Foster also argued against the inclusion of slots.
"We're going from the little league to the big leagues in terms of the dollar costs of problem gamblers," said Foster, according to the Union Leader. "I remain concerned . . . about the social cost of bringing casino gambling into the state."
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