Senate considering new casino bill for N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The Senate is again considering legislation to legalize casino gambling in New Hampshire.

The Ways and Means Committee is holding a public hearing Tuesday on a bill sponsored by Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, a Manchester Democrat who sponsored a casino bill last year that passed the Senate and died in the House.

D'Allesandro's new bill would allow the state to issue two casino licenses - unlike last year's measure which only allowed one license to be issued. Gov. Maggie Hassan supported last year's bill and says she only supports one casino in the state.

The House also is considering casino bills, including one stemming from a special commission charged with developing casino regulations. The House has repeatedly rejected casinos and those on both sides are focusing efforts on the chamber.


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