NH Council of Churches - Gambling Alert, 26 March 2010


House Hears Slots Bill
Tuesday, March 30

Tell Reps: Fund Human Services with Alternative Revenues - Not Harmful Slots!
SB489 permits 17,000 new slot machines at six casinos across NH. Under this bill, NH becomes one of the most slot-saturated states in the nation.

The bill is being sold to the legislature as a way to add revenue in order to avoid painful cuts to human service programs. But, this particular revenue source comes at significant cost.

The truth needs to be told: There are alternative revenue options available to the House and Senate that can fund services. These alternatives come without the social consequences of 17,000 slot machines and six casinos. 

Time is of the essence: Please take one of the following actions:

*Call your representative(s) now. Tell them you are a constituent and you are opposed to expanded gambling. Find your rep's contact info here.

*Attend the public hearing Tuesday at 10:15 am, Room 210 Legislative Office Building, to sign in opposition or deliver brief oral or written testimony.

Need further 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.

Governor's Commission
on Expanded Gambling
Public Hearings April 6

With his public comment on the bill passed by the Senate, Gov. Lynch indicated he wants to wait for his Gaming Study Commission report before rushing into the expansion of gambling.

In preparation for their May 25 report to the governor, the Commission will hold simultaneous public hearings April 6 in Manchester and Conway.

Both hearings take place  6-8 pm and the public is encouraged to attend.

Locations are:
Granite State College
Technology Village
Community Room 211-212
53 Technology Lane

Auditorium, 3rd Floor
400 Commercial Street

Testimony will be held to 2-3 minutes to allow as many speakers as possible. Plan to arrive early to sign in and fill out a speaker's card if you would like to speak. If you prefer, you may submit your testimony to the Commission in writing at this hearing.