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New casino bill before NH House committee

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gambling supporters are sweetening the pot by including $25 million in aid to communities in the latest bill to legalize casinos in New Hampshire.

Casino supporters told the Ways and Means Committee on Thursday the money would provide relief to property taxpayers. Opponents pointed out that the Legislature suspended the aid program when it needed money during the recession and that could happen again.

The committee is considering a Senate bill to legalize two casinos sharing a total of 5,000 video slot machines and 240 table games. The House killed a bill a month ago that would have legalized one casino licensed to have 5,000 video slot machines. House gambling supporters had talked of adding the aid to the House bill had it survived.

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