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"Governor Hassan is focused on the legislation produced by the Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority, which developed thoughtful, bipartisan recommendations for how to best move forward with and regulate one destination casino in New Hampshire, as well as the hundreds of millions of dollars in gambling already taking place in New Hampshire," said her communications director, Marc Goldberg.
Unlike D'Allesandro's bill, HB 1633 includes only one destination casino, most likely in the state's southern tier. The bill would require an investment on the part of the casino operator of at least $450 million, exclusive of licensing fee, land purchase and highway infrastructure improvements.
We will know what the members of Ways and Means think about the bill before March 20 when it has to decide what its recommendation will be. The House has to votes by March 27.
The Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority was established to address House members' concerns that SB 152 would not give the state the tools necessary to properly oversee a casino. The authority did yeoman's work to establish the desired regulatory framework, but that may not persuade enough House members to back the plan.
Regardless, the vote that matters this year - as it did last - will be in the House. About 20 House members are holding all the cards right now because they ultimately will decide whether New Hampshire embraces casino gambling.
The contract approved Wednesday provides the state match for federal Title X money that Planned Parenthood received separately from the US Department of Health and Human Services since 2011.
Republican Joseph Kenney of Wakefield has long opposed abortion rights, while Democrat Michael Cryans of Hanover said he would have voted for the contract.
Kenney beat former Belknap County Commissioner Chris Boothby and former U.S. Senate staffer Mark Aldrich in the Republican primary.
Kenney has a war chest of $33,975 going into the special election, having raised $14,805 during the two-week period up to the primary election.
Democratic Fundraiser: The state Democratic Party is sending out a blast e-mail today using the movie "Groundhog Day" to prod its members to contribute.
Governor's like presidents usually use the occasion to tout what was accomplished under their watch and their priorities for the coming year.
Maybe the second time will be a charm.
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