North Country
4:34 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Lincoln State Rep Proposes Two Casinos

Several bills that would expand gambling in New Hampshire are likely to be introduced this session.  One North Country lawmaker plans to file a bill to allow two casinos in the state.

NHPR’s Chris Jensen reports.

As the legislative session begins, Governor-elect Maggie Hassan has repeatedly said that she’s open to expanded gambling in the state.

And she thinks New Hampshire would benefit most from a single high-end casino near the Massachusetts border.

But Republican representative Edmond Gionet of Lincoln, would like to see at least two casinos talked about in the state.

“All that I am asking is that we have is authorization to go out there and allow expanded gaming in New Hampshire, preferably two, destination casinos.”

Gionet says two good locations would be near the Massachusetts border and, well, his hometown of Lincoln.

He says the fees collected should go to the state highway department to fix bridges and roads – which would mean creating more jobs.

Hassan, who’s interested in raising state revenue through expanded gambling, has said only a border casino that could attract out of state gamblers could accomplish that. 

Two  Manchester-area lawmakers, Republican Representative Steve Vaillancourt and Democratic Senator Lou D’Allesandro also plan to file bills related to expanded gambling. 

For NHPR News this is Chris Jensen