The quest for a casino in New Hampshire’s died in May, or so it seemed.
But officials are already brainstorming for a new way to bring the proposal back up for consideration in the near future. Some look at it as the badly needed revenue, while others are dreading it deja vu all over again.
According to the Concord Monitor, the state’s Gaming Regulatory Oversight Authority met in Concord in order to produce draft legislation and regulations by the middle of December. The state legislature reconvenes in January.
However, a commission that will recommend regulations for any future casinos in New Hampshire did start its work last week with some disagreement over what it is supposed to be doing.
The commission is required to submit draft legislation to lawmakers by Dec. 15. At its first meeting, chairman and state Rep. Richard Ames outlined what he believes the legislation should cover, including the number of slot machines and table games allowed and the price for each gambling license.
Some see this as the similar knee jerk reaction to Massachusetts casino progress, with lots of interest over the Everett (Wynn) and Boston (Caesars) progress, as well as Foxwoods’s off/on again relations in Milford. Others worry that this could be different and more serious by not limiting the casinos to just one.
That’s all for now