NH Senate Considers
17,000 Slot machines
+ 900 table games in NH
Hearing March 4 - Please Take Action
A bill to permit six casinos (1 in Hudson, 3 at the tracks, 1 each in Coos and Grafton Counties) and a total of 17,000 slot machines in New Hampshire will be heard in the Senate Finance Committee:
Thursday, March 4
Room 100, State House
If passed, SB489 would make NH second in slots per capita only behind Nevada. The bill would also permit up to 900 tables of table gambling* among the 6 casinos.
Against the backdrop of a down economy, a critical shortage of revenue to fund the state budget, and a reluctance by policy-makers to examine other significant sources of revenue to prevent cuts to critical services and infrastructure, expanded gambling this year may prove irresistible.
If stopping expanded gambling is a priority for your denomination, the time to act is now. Here is how you can help:
-- Forward this information to your clergy and membership to inform and alert them to the proposal and new threat of passage
-- Denominational leaders may wish to testify on behalf of your denomination at the hearing, making it as factual and as specific to impacts on your constituencies as possible;
-- Encourage your members to attend the hearing to sign up in opposition to the bill
-- Encourage your members to contact their State Senators about SB489 (see list of Senate members and contact info).
New information is available at the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling website. You can also view materials at the NH Gaming Study Commission website.
*Definition of Table Games under SB489: "Table game" means ... roulette, baccarat, blackjack, poker, craps, big six wheel, mini-baccarat, red dog, pai gow, casino war, asia poker, Boston 5 stud poker, Caribbean stud poker, Colorado hold 'em poker, double attack blackjack, double cross poker, double down stud poker, fast action hold 'em, flop poker, four card poker, let it ride poker, mini-craps, mini-dice, pai gow poker, pokette, Spanish 21, Texas hold 'em bonus poker, three card poker, two card joker poker, ultimate Texas hold 'em, winner's pot poker and sic bo and any other games approved by the commission.