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December 8, 2013

Panel votes to back casino in New Hampshire


New Hampshire’s House has never approved casino legislation, but House Majority Leader Steve Shurtleff. D-Concord, said that could change with the addition of strong regulations in the new bill.

“It has a better chance of passing,” he said.

Shurtleff said he voted against the Senate bill in May, but he will give the new proposal a careful review.

“If it was the right bill, I could vote for it,” he said.

Two anti-gambling groups announced Tuesday they are joining forces to try to prevent House members like Shurtleff from switching sides. The House vote in May was 199-164, which means casino backers may only need to win over as few as 18 House members for a bill to pass.

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