Lawmakers Continue Racetrack Gambling Fight In New Hampshire
The debate over whether New Hampshire should allow slot gambling at state racetracks is far from over. Lawmakers who are in favor of the expanded gambling have vowed that they will not give up on the issue after fellow representatives shot down gambling legislation this week.
It may be an uphill battle for the gambling proponents. The most recent proposals were defeated in both branches of government. Still, the lawmakers plan to tweak their ideas and come back with new proposals.
"We are going to force the issue at the time the budget is voted on by the House and Senate," said Senator Lou D'Allesandro. He is not alone in his thinking, other lawmakers believe that expanded gambling is not an option, it is a necessity.
"We desperately need the jobs and the revenue that it would bring in," said Senator Michael Downing, "The time to do it is now." Downing and D'Allesandro have been two of the more vocal leaders in the effort to bring slots to the tracks.
Similar debates are taking place across the country. In Kentucky, their purses at state racetracks are way down, and proposals are on the table to use slot gambling as a way to boost those proposals.
In New York, a casino has already been approved for Aqueduct, and in Florida, their pari-mutuel facilities have already received the rights to run slot machines in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.
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