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New Hampshire Taking It Slow With Gambling Expansion

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In all likelihood, New Hampshire will be expanding gambling options in the state in the future. The process, however, could take some time with the state expected to examine all their options before they commit to anything.

The state Gaming Study Commission has been formed and their job is simple-find out everything and anything that could be relevant to gambling expansion. That means that the Commission will be meeting regularly over the next couple of months.

"It's clear to me that everybody wants to do what's best," said Portsmouth Mayor Tom Ferrini, who is also a member of the Commission, "I always believe that a deliberate, democratic process is the best approach and this will be no exception."

The Commission will be meeting around a dozen times between now and December. In those meetings, financial ramifications will be discussed. The Commission will also try to figure out where the best locations are to expand gambling.

Regulation will be a big part of the discussions. New Hampshire will be looking at models from other states to see what has worked and what has not. The social costs of expanding gambling will also be examined by the Commission.

Governor John Lynch started the Commission back in July, and so far meetings between the fifteen member group have been productive. They understand, however, that there needs to be much more detail before the state can move forward with any type of gambling expansion.

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