STATE BUDGET / TOURISM PROMOTION: The House passed its version of the State Budget on a vote of 225-159. The vote was strictly on party lines. No republicans voted for it and all democrats voted for in favor. The House version keeps the Governor’s proposed increase of $3 million per year in the state budget to promote NH as a destination spot. $10.8 million would be appropriated each year. This is the first time in a long time that a budget is advancing with funding tourism promotion at the statutory amount equaling 3.15% of the rooms and meals taxes collecting in the prior year. This is a big victory for those in the tourism industry. The bill now goes to the Senate.
CASINO GAMBLING: The House Ways & Means Committee will hear SB 310 next Thursday, April 18. The bill would allow two casinos in the State.
SPORTS BETTING: On Wednesday, April 24 the Senate Ways & Means Committee will hear HB 480, which would authorize the NH Lottery Commission to conduct sports betting directly or through authorized agents. Authorized agents would be chosen by a competitive bid process.
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