CONCORD — The New Hampshire Senate has passed a bill legalizing video lottery in six locations with two on the Massachusetts border, including Rockingham Park in Salem.
The bill, which passed 14 to 10, would allow construction of one golf resort and convention center on the border, slot machines at three race tracks and at two sites in the North Country. It allows a total of 17,000 video slot machines and table games for an additional licensing fee.
The first $50 million it raises would restore cuts to social service programs.
State Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, the prime sponsor, led the fight to pass the bill to the House. D'Allesandro and supporters said it would produce badly needed jobs and revenue.
Opponents argued expanding gambling would change New Hampshire's quality of life.