NH House Votes on Las Vegas-Style Casino Gambling Bill Today


Manchester, N.H. –Candidate for New Hampshire Governor, Andrew Hemingway, was joined by benefitting charities and charitable gaming operators at a press conference this morning in Concord, in support of his proposal for expanded gaming at charitable gaming facilities.


Andrew was joined by: Bob O’Connell, My Friend’s Place Shelter, Dover; Joel Weinstein, Jack Murray, Richard Melvin—Bektash Shriners; Anthony Fusco, Ocean Gaming, Hampton; Greg Barber, The River Card Room, Milford; Ryan Gloddy, Lakes Region Casino in support of efforts to increase charitable gaming expansion.


"My Friend's Place is a not for profit homeless shelter that has operated in Dover NH for 25 years. Our operation is supported in part by our involvement with charitable gaming. It costs us a little over $40 per day to house a homeless person at our shelter, and for every $40 we spend $10 comes from charitable gaming. We support those efforts that allow us to continue providing a high quality service to homeless men, women and families," Said O’Connell


Hemingway announced the details of his plan the same day as the NH House is voting on a Las Vegas style two casino proposal.


“Nearly 300 charities will continue to benefit from this plan. I believe Las Vegas campus-style casinos in New Hampshire are wrong for our non-profits, wrong for retail businesses, wrong for the people, and wrong for the free market.  As Governor, I will work with the legislature to develop new innovative ideas, such as the one I am proposing, that can benefit charities, communities and the state as a whole,” Hemingway said.  “Maggie Hassan has doubled down on the idea of Mega-Casinos to benefit handpicked out-of-state corporations to find a needed windfall to fill her budget hole.  That’s not the right path to solutions and an improved economy.” 

The Hemingway Expanded Gaming Proposal can be found on his website at www.andrewhemingway.com