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Wed February 5, 2014
New Odds For Gambling Legislation?
After yet another casino bill failed last year, new versions have emerged – with new regulations attached in hopes of appeasing opponents. 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.
- Steve Duprey – former Republican Party chair in New Hampshire, president of Firefox Property Management Inc., and spokesman for the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling
- Scott Spradling – president of the Spradling Group, a media relations company that represents Millenium Gaming, which hopes to develop a casino at Rockingham Park in Salem.
- Richard Ames - Democratic representative of Jaffrey and chair of the New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority, which recommended legislation that would license one casino and a regulatory framework designed to try to appease opponents.
- Mike Sielicki - president of the NH Association of Chiefs of Police, which opposes expanding gambling in the state
- NHPR's Brian Wallstin put together an outline of what makes this bill different from the one that failed in 2013
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