NH Senate takes up bill to allow video slots

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The New Hampshire Senate is taking up a bill to allow 15,000 video slots at six sites in the state.

The House last week killed two bills to expand gambling – though the measures were different.

New Hampshire has long resisted casinos, video slots or racinos – adding video slots to race tracts.

Gambling advocates are hoping the state’s budget woes will generate enthusiasm for video slots as a revenue-producing alternative to raising taxes.

The Senate bill being taken up Wednesday would authorize 5,000 slots at the state’s only horse track in Rockingham, 2,000 slots at 5 other sites in the northern part of the state. Communities could vote to accept video slots.

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