In a historic vote, Ways & Means voted lTL 19-1 Thursday on the SB 242 casino bill.
You helped us win today in historic fashion
But it's not over yet.
Thursday afternoon, citing doubts about casino revenue and viability in a crowded New England gambling market, the NH House Ways & Means Committee voted 19-1 to not recommend SB 242's passage.
This strong message from Ways & Means to fellow legislators is the largest margin anyone can remember for an expanding gambling bill, and members of the committee used phrases like, "The casino ship has sailed," and questioned the revenue figures of the bill in the face of declines throughout New England.
Thanks to your hard work, we won this battle. But the war is not over.
May 4th, SB 242 goes before the full House, where it will be debated on the House floor. To defeat the bill means we must begin writing letters and emails to our representatives, writing letters to editors, and making phone calls. Celebrate our victory tonight, but keep your pen warmed up and your keyboard ready. Let's put casinos away for good this time!
We are expecting a House vote on the bill on May 4. Please consider making a call to your state representative (there are a lot of new faces since the last time the House voted on this) and sending a letter to the editor of your local newspaper.
Reminder: Casino Hearing & Press Conference Tuesday 9 AM
Casino Free NH Friends:
Just a quick reminder that the SB 242 casino hearing in Ways & Means is tomorrow, Tuesday, April 18. We hold our press conference at 9 AM, and if you can stand as a backdrop to our speakers, we'd be grateful. Meet in the lobby of the Legislative Office Building at 9:00 AM, and the conference kicks off at 9:15.
After the press conference, the Ways & Means hearing starts at 10 AM, LOB Rooms 202-204. There are four representatives on the fence, so your testimony and/or presence could make the difference.
Please sign the sheet in opposition to the bill when you go in You don't need to speak, but you should check in. If you can't stay for the hearing, please sign the opposition sheet before you leave.