Gambling http://nhpr.org en Casino Advocates, Opponents 'Dug In' Again This Year In N.H. Legislature http://nhpr.org/post/casino-advocates-opponents-dug-again-year-nh-legislature <p><em>All Things Considered is looking at some of the key bills of the 2014 legislative session – and how they ended up passing or failing to pass.</em></p><p>This year's casino debate may have seen some new lines of argument, but the outcome was the same as in years past: casino proposals won support in the State Senate, but came up short in the State House.</p><p>Reporter <strong>Norma Love</strong> of the Associated Press explains the dynamic behind this year's casino debate to NHPR's Brady Carlson.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:08:36 +0000 Brady Carlson 49714 at http://nhpr.org Casino Advocates, Opponents 'Dug In' Again This Year In N.H. Legislature Lawmakers Vote To Tighten Rules On Charity Gambling http://nhpr.org/post/lawmakers-vote-tighten-rules-charity-gambling <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The House and Senate have voted to tighten rules for table games operated in the name of New Hampshire charities.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Lawmakers voted Wednesday to send the governor a bill establishing new financial record-keeping and reporting requirements for charities and deeper background investigations by the attorney general.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:27:42 +0000 Associated Press 49707 at http://nhpr.org Lawmakers Vote To Tighten Rules On Charity Gambling Gambling Takes Center Stage In Congressional Race http://nhpr.org/post/gambling-takes-center-stage-congressional-race <p>Casinos are shaping up to be a key issue in the 2nd Congressional District’s Republican primary.</p><p>At competing events Monday, several state representatives from Salem who back expanded gaming publicly endorsed GOP candidate Gary Lambert.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Meanwhile in Concord, anti-casino activists defended fellow Salem Representative </span>Marilinda<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Garcia’s vote against a plan to legalize two casinos, despite overwhelming public support in her district.</span></p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 17:27:08 +0000 Todd Bookman 49560 at http://nhpr.org Gambling Takes Center Stage In Congressional Race Tentative Deal Between N.H. House, Senate On Charity Gambling http://nhpr.org/post/tentative-deal-between-nh-house-senate-charity-gambling <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative deal on a bill to tighten rules for table games operated in the name of New Hampshire charities.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 19:51:09 +0000 Associated Press 49072 at http://nhpr.org Tentative Deal Between N.H. House, Senate On Charity Gambling N.H. House To Consider Another Casino Bill http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-consider-another-casino-bill <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire's House is voting Wednesday whether to legalize two casinos about a month after representatives said `no' to one casino. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Ways and Means Committee voted 11-9 to recommend that the House reject the bill, which includes $25 million in aid to communities as a sweetener. The House has never approved video slots legislation. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Senate bill proposes legalizing two casinos sharing a total of 5,000 video slot machines and 240 table games. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 17:41:21 +0000 Associated Press 47483 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House To Consider Another Casino Bill Expanded Gambling: Will New Bill Change Minds? http://nhpr.org/post/expanded-gambling-will-new-bill-change-minds <p>After many failed attempts to pass a casino bill, supporters think they may finally have a winning hand -- proposing two casinos and a new revenue-sharing plan. Opponents are raising long-held concerns about gambling’s social costs, including addiction and crime. We’ll look at this new bill and its odds for passing.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:&nbsp; </u></strong></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 47006 at http://nhpr.org Expanded Gambling: Will New Bill Change Minds? N.H. Senator Pushing Revised Casino Bill http://nhpr.org/post/nh-senator-pushing-revised-casino-bill <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;A state senator who has tried for years to persuade New Hampshire lawmakers to legalize a casino is going to try again despite a House vote to reject one last week.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:24:19 +0000 Associated Press 45418 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House Kills Casino Bill http://nhpr.org/post/nh-house-kills-casino-bill <p>The 173-144 voted showed house lawmakers remain skeptical of casino gambling.</p><p></p><p>This bill envisioned up to 5000 slot machines and 150 table games at one location, was touted as the product of study and hard-won experience.</p><p>Jaffrey Democrat Richard Ames was its lead sponsor.</p><p>"We took what we learned and make a New Hampshire plan."</p><p>But critics said the plan, which beefed up the regulations included in the proposal the House rejected last year, ceded too much power to a gambling authority.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:42:22 +0000 Josh Rogers 45024 at http://nhpr.org N.H. House Kills Casino Bill New Odds For Gambling Legislation? http://nhpr.org/post/new-odds-gambling-legislation <p>After yet another casino bill failed last year, new versions have emerged – with new regulations attached in hopes of appeasing opponents.&nbsp; Supporters say a casino would bring in much-needed revenue to the state. But opposition remains among those worried about social costs, and those who question whether it would be profitable, given expanded gambling elsewhere in New England.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 42966 at http://nhpr.org New Odds For Gambling Legislation? Keno Bill Clears House, Moves On To Senate http://nhpr.org/post/keno-bill-clears-house-moves-senate <p></p><p>New Hampshire's House has voted to allow electronic keno games to be played in bars and restaurants that serve alcohol. &nbsp;</p><p></p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Josh Rogers 42642 at http://nhpr.org Keno Bill Clears House, Moves On To Senate Senate Panel Backs Bill To Allow Two Casinos http://nhpr.org/post/senate-panel-backs-bill-allow-two-casinos <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Ways and Means Committee passed this casino bill as soon as the public testimony ended, but the full Senate is expected to slow things down by tabling the bill until the House considers a proposal allowing one casino with a beefed up regulatory scheme.</p><p></p><p>Prior to voting in favor of the senate plan, Derry Republican Jim Rausch observed what’s obvious to anyone who’s watched N.H.’s casino debate: without movement in the House gambling goes nowhere. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:30:37 +0000 Josh Rogers 42574 at http://nhpr.org Senate Panel Backs Bill To Allow Two Casinos The Sidebar: Latest N.H. Casino Bill Builds On Failed 2013 Legislation http://nhpr.org/post/sidebar-latest-nh-casino-bill-builds-failed-2013-legislation <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Update: The Senate Ways &amp; Means Committee approved</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;S</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">B</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">366, 4-1, this morning. Sen. Bob Odell,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">R-Lempster,</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">was the lone vote in opposition to the bill, which would license two casinos. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 22:28:48 +0000 Brian Wallstin 42518 at http://nhpr.org The Sidebar: Latest N.H. Casino Bill Builds On Failed 2013 Legislation Keno Bill Sets Aside Funds to Treat Gambling Disorders http://nhpr.org/post/keno-bill-sets-aside-funds-treat-gambling-disorders <p>Legislation that would bring Keno to an estimated 250 bars and restaurants would, for the first time, establish a program to treat gambling addiction in New Hampshire.</p><p>An amendment to HB 485 would set aside 1 percent of the sales from Keno - about $435,000 - to the state Department of Health and Human Services for education, treatment and prevention services. William Butynski, D-Hindale, who proposed the amendment, says it’s time for lawmakers to recognize that even state-sponsored gambling such as the lottery can cause problems for a small percentage of people who play.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 41348 at http://nhpr.org The Sidebar: Is Keno The Next Big Bet For The N.H. Lottery? http://nhpr.org/post/sidebar-keno-next-big-bet-nh-lottery <p>On a recent afternoon at the Common Grounds Cafe, 200 yards from the New Hampshire border in Methuen, Mass, a handful of men sit along a short counter or at several tables in the back of the cafe.</p><p>Eyes moving back and forth from their pink and white betting slips to two wall-mounted video monitors, they wait for the next drawing of a popular electronic lottery game called Keno.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Brian Wallstin 41347 at http://nhpr.org The Sidebar: Is Keno The Next Big Bet For The N.H. Lottery? MA Casinos Coming- Eventually http://nhpr.org/post/ma-casinos-coming-eventually <p>It’s been two years since Massachusetts’ gaming law took effect, but so far, not a single casino has been licensed or built.&nbsp; The law allows for three regional resort casino licenses and one slots parlor.&nbsp; Casino proposals in the Southeastern part of the state have stalled. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:33:08 +0000 Rick Ganley 40082 at http://nhpr.org