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Gov. Hassan: Market May Not Exist For 2 Casinos in NH

She strongly supports bringing one casino into the state



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    Gov. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., delivers her Budget Address to the Legislature at the Statehouse Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 in Concord, N.H. Hassan called on New Hampshire lawmakers to compete with Massachusetts by legalizing one high-end casino and included licensing fees in her two-year budget to pressure them to act. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

    Gov. Maggie Hassan says she doesn't think a market exists for two casinos in New Hampshire, as proposed in a bill that has passed the Senate and is now before the House.

    Hassan, a Democrat, strongly supports bringing one casino into New Hampshire as a new source of non-tax revenue. The House has never passed casino gambling, but on Tuesday a key House committee endorsed the two-casino proposal.

    Hassan is not saying she would veto the two-casino bill. She says she'll need to better understand how a second casino would be established before making a decision.

    Democratic Sen. Lou D'Allesandro, the bill's prime sponsor, says there is "ample justification" for authorizing two casinos and that the bill allows for a market-driven approach in licensing both.

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