Another View: Amendments to the Senate casino bill make it worth passing
• Stronger and more timely regulations to be in place before the casino is licensed;
• A casino application process that is fair to all prospective applicants;
• Improved oversight and enforcement to protect against criminal activity, undue political influence and corruption;
• Enhanced protections for charitable gaming as well as existing entertainment venues.
We listened to the concerns of those who wanted a stronger proposal. We heard from our constituents who want to pass gambling, but only a plan that will ensure long-term revenues, minimal impacts and strict regulations.
Opponents have tried to argue the original plan is too flawed and not worth any work. It's not enough to say the bill is flawed and just give up. That is giving in to the will of opponents who do not want to see any gambling proposal pass the House. It's an excuse, and it is not how we do things in the Legislature.
SB 152 will bring hundreds of millions of new private investment dollars into New Hampshire for the construction of a new high-end, highly regulated casino. This huge capital investment is being made with private funds, but will certainly benefit a multitude of local building and building supply companies. It will also lead to greatly expanded permanent employment opportunities once the casino commences operations.
Rep. Gary S. Azarian of Salem is a Republican member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
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