New Hampshire gambling panel may meet with new consultant
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- A special panel tasked with developing casino regulations for New Hampshire may meet with its newly hired consultant at its meeting Thursday.
The New Hampshire Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority recently hired WhiteSand Gaming of Nevada and New Jersey to help it write regulations for lawmakers to consider next year. The panel has a Dec. 15 deadline to submit draft legislation.
The agreement with WhiteSand says its charges cannot exceed $135,000.
The Senate passed a bill to legalize a single casino this year, but the House rejected it despite lobbying by Gov. Maggie Hassan. A casino bill is being reintroduced and Hassan hopes the panel will address lawmakers' concerns about the state's ability to regulate a casino.
Hassan and other casino supporters are concerned New Hampshire will lose revenue to Massachusetts, which is in the process of licensing three casinos and one video slots parlor.
State Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, D-Manchester, plans to introduce a new casino bill similar to one the House defeated. D'Allesandro said he is working to address some of the concerns with the bill.
At a recent public hearing, some witnesses supported assigning casino regulation to the Lottery Commission. One expert in gambling policy cautioned that New Hampshire should separate licensing and enforcement operations if it legalizes casino gambling.
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