The result was the same as every other casino bill ever taken up by the New Hampshire House, but the tally produced a gasp.
The 172-172 ties was broken by deputy house speaker Naida Kaen
“The chair votes in the affirmative….Senate bill 3666 is voted inexpedient to legislate.”
The tight vote followed two hours of mostly familiar debate, with proponent arguing that NH needs revenue a casino might produce, and critics arguing that casinos would hurt existing businesses and change the nature of the state. This plan envisioned a total of 5000 slot machines and 240 table games at two casinos.
It promised $168 million in revenue, and $25 million dollars in aid to cities and towns.
The house could yet reconsider this bill at another session, but a lawmaker who voted on the prevailing side would have to request reconsideration by noon tomorrow.