On March 13, 2008 the full Senate took a position on Senate Bill 306-FN and here is how it went:
SB 306-FN, relative to allowing video gaming in Coos county, building a casino in Berlin, and establishing a fund to assist with the payment of property taxes. Ways and Means Committee. Inexpedient to Legislate, Vote 3-2. Senator Reynolds for the committee.
MOTION TO TABLE
Senator Reynolds moved to have SB 306-FN laid on the table.
LAID ON THE TABLE
SB 306-FN, relative to allowing video gaming in Coos county, building a casino in Berlin, and establishing a fund to assist with the payment of property taxes.
In February by a vote of 8-1 the Berlin City Council voted in favor of passage of Senate Bill 306-FN. At the hearing for this legislation not one person including the NH Attorney General offered any economic information to show how or why this legislation would not be successful at creating needed economic development and jobs. The Attorney also stated that she hadn’t even contacted Attorney Generals in states that have passed casino gambling to see what their positions were.
Is this good policy for New Hampshire?
Should Berlin, New Hampshire be allowed to decide its own direction and future?
The only testimony that seemed to hold any influence were some of the so-called social capital costs. I think the definition of social capital is somewhat murky but I interpreted it to mean the crime rates normally associated with casinos and their development. And similar to the testimony of the Attorney General this social capital wasn’t accurately defined, it wasn't studied, no numbers were stated it was simply put out there. And to the statement that casinos and tourism cannot co-exist in New Hampshire. I ask you to consider one place before you accept this as fact.
Niagara Falls, New York.