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March 21, 2013

NH House kills, tables casino bills

CONCORD (AP) — The New Hampshire House has killed a casino bill, but has still left open the possibility of passing a gambling measure.

The House voted 249-65 today to reject a bill that would have allowed two casinos. Opponents argued it wouldn't produce enough money for the state and didn't have a competitive licensing process.

However, another bill allowing up to six venues with slots was kept alive by a vote of 170-160. House members argued they need a bargaining position with the Senate, where a gambling bill was passed last week.

That bill calls for one casino and it has Gov. Maggie Hassan's support. She included $80 million in casino license fees in her budget. Some House members said one casino creates a monopoly and indicated they prefer more venues.

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