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N.H. Senate passes casino bill, House chances slim

CONCORD, N.H. — The state Senate approved a bill Thursday legalizing construction of one casino in New Hampshire, but the bill faces a more difficult test in the House, which has repeatedly rejected similar legislation.

The bill to legalize up to 5,000 video slots and 150 table games passed 16 to 8, with bipartisan support from nine Democrats and seven Republicans.

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Supporters argue that if New Hampshire wants to keep the comparative advantage that comes with having no income or sales tax, then a casino is the only viable revenue option to address the state’s needs.

The House, however, has never endorsed ­video slots. One House committee has already recommended killing two gambling measures.

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