The Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling and Casino Free NH will be led by Concord businessman Steve Duprey, former Chairman of the State Republican Party, and Harold Janeway, former Democratic State Senator from Webster.
Duprey and Janeway were both active in the effort to kill the casino legislation backed by Governor Maggie Hassan earlier this year. Janeway says their groups' new lobbying effort will focus on the N.H. House, which has never backed a casino bill. He added that there is no time to waste.
“Because the issue is back – already, I might say. When we put it down last spring we thought for sure it would come back, but we didn’t expect it to come back quite so soon.”
A special committee is drafting legislation to regulate casinos in N.H. and revamp oversight of charitable gaming. The panel includes lawmakers, law enforcement and lottery officials. It took a straw vote last month to include as many as 5000 slot machines, a tax rate, and number of gambling locations in the bill. The committee’s final proposal is due December 15th.