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New Hampshire Senate Passes Gambling Bill

Published: March 25, 2010 9:50 am ET

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After a vote of 14-10, the New Hampshire Senate yesterday passed a bill which would allow expanded gambling in the state and pave the way for slot machines and table gaming to be legal at harness racetrack Rockingham Park.

A report by The Eagle-Tribune states that bill, which will now head to the House of Representatives, allows slots and table gaming licenses to be made available for Rockingham Park, a pair of dog tracks, and a golf resort. The bill also calls for video slots at two undetermined North Country locations.

"I think we have a good start, but we're only a portion of the way through," the bill's sponsor, Senator Lou D'Allesandro, was quoted as saying. "We've got to get through the House. This is an uphill battle."

The article states that Rockingham Park could install up to 5,000 video lottery terminals and 150 table games if the bill becomes law, and that the licensing fee for VLTs is $50 million and $10 million for table games.

(With files from The Eagle-Tribune)

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