Senate to Take Up Bill Allowing for Casino at Rockingham Park

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An expanded gambling bill going before the Senate Thursday would open the door for New Hampshire’s first casino to open at Rockingham Park in Salem.

The bill’s prime sponsor, Democrat Lou D’Allesandro of Manchester, says the proposal would generate roughly $100 million in annual state revenue.

The measure would allow for up to 3,500 video lottery machines and up to 160 table games at one casino, which the state lottery commission would oversee.

Unlike previous proposals, the bill would only allow for a casino to open at the Salem site.

If the bill passes the Senate, it faces a tough fight in the House of Representatives, which has historically blocked any attempt to approve casino gambling in the state.