New England News
4:35 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Mass. Gaming Commission Awards Casino License to Wynn's Everett Proposal

Casino mogul Steve Wynn, right, speaks as Everett, Mass., Mayor Carlo DeMaria looks on during a news conference at Everett City Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 2:54 pm

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has awarded the Boston-area casino license to Wynn Resorts, which plans to build a casino resort in Everett.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Bay State Gambling Debate: What It Means For N.H.

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We're checking in with the ongoing debate over casino projects in Massachusetts and the referendum coming this November on whether to repeal the three-year-old law. We'll also look into how the gambling debate in Massachusetts might impact New Hampshire.



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10:59 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Mass. Supreme Court Allows Casino Repeal Question on Ballot

Massachusetts' highest court says voters can decide the fate of the state's casino gambling law.

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled Tuesday that a question calling for repeal of the 2011 law can be on the November ballot.

The ruling overturns Attorney General Martha Coakley's finding that the proposed ballot question is unconstitutional because it would cause casino developers to lose property without compensation.

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NH News
3:51 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Tentative Deal Between N.H. House, Senate On Charity Gambling

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House and Senate negotiators have reached a tentative deal on a bill to tighten rules for table games operated in the name of New Hampshire charities.

The House and Senate still must vote on Friday's deal. The bill establishes new financial record-keeping and reporting requirements for charities and deeper background investigations by the attorney general.

The bill clarifies the definition of so-called redemption slot machines and the Racing and Charitable Gaming Commission's enforcement authority over them.

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NH News
11:48 am
Wed May 7, 2014

House Kills Reconsideration Of Two-Casino Proposal

The House has decided not to reconsider the two-casino proposal it rejected by a single vote at last week’s session.

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NH News
3:21 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

N.H. House Rejects Senate Casino Proposal By One Vote

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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.”

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NH News
1:59 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

House Committee Pans Senate-Backed Plan For Two Casinos

A Senate plan to legalize two casinos could be headed for a familiar fate in the House, after members of the Ways and Means committee voted 11-9 Tuesday to kill the proposal.

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NH News
2:47 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Anti-Gambling Group Pushes Back Against Senate Plan For Two Casinos

Three weeks after claiming lawmakers had driven a stake through the heart of the gambling industry, anti-gambling activists are again raising alarm -- over a new casino proposal.

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NH News
12:24 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

N.H. Senator Pushing Revised Casino Bill

 A state senator who has tried for years to persuade New Hampshire lawmakers to legalize a casino is going to try again despite a House vote to reject one last week.

Sen. Lou D'Allesandro plans to ask the Senate to amend his bill Thursday to add the regulatory scheme in the defeated House bill and send it to the House in hopes his proposal will have a different outcome.

NH News
12:42 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

N.H. House Kills Casino Bill

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The 173-144 voted showed house lawmakers remain skeptical of casino gambling.

This bill envisioned up to 5000 slot machines and 150 table games at one location, was touted as the product of study and hard-won experience.

Jaffrey Democrat Richard Ames was its lead sponsor.

"We took what we learned and make a New Hampshire plan."

But critics said the plan, which beefed up the regulations included in the proposal the House rejected last year, ceded too much power to a gambling authority.

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NH News
1:30 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Senate Panel Backs Bill To Allow Two Casinos

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  The Ways and Means Committee passed this casino bill as soon as the public testimony ended, but the full Senate is expected to slow things down by tabling the bill until the House considers a proposal allowing one casino with a beefed up regulatory scheme.

Prior to voting in favor of the senate plan, Derry Republican Jim Rausch observed what’s obvious to anyone who’s watched N.H.’s casino debate: without movement in the House gambling goes nowhere.    

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On the Political Front
8:58 am
Mon January 27, 2014

On The Political Front For Jan. 27


On the Political Front this morning, NHPR's Josh Rogers discusses the results of last week's Republican primary to fill Ray Burton's Executive Council seat, as well as legislation on the docket for this week that would allow for casino gambling and legalizing marijuana in the Granite State.

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NH News
11:57 am
Sat November 2, 2013

Transportation Commissioner: Funding Stalemate Could Stall Highway Project

A legislative stalemate over raising the gas tax and legalizing a casino could drive highway contractors out of New Hampshire to look for work in nearby states willing to fund infrastructure improvements.

The New Hampshire House passed a gas tax this year that the Senate killed. At the same time, the Senate passed a casino bill that the House rejected.

Transportation Commissioner Chris Clement said this past week that he worries funding won't be available to finish the state's top priority — expanding Interstate 93.

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