New Hampshire’s House has upheld its tradition of opposing expanding gambling in the state by killing two bills to legalize video slots.
Gambling advocates had hoped the state’s budget woes would generate enthusiasm for video slots as a revenue-producing alternative to raising taxes.
One House bill would have established a gaming authority with power to license up to 5,500 video slot machines at state-operated casinos. It failed 334-35 on Wednesday. The second would have legalized video slots at the state’s privately owned and operated race tracks. It failed 295-72.
The Senate is considering similar legislation.