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N.H. Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Casino

A bill legalizing one casino in New Hampshire has passed the Senate easily, but it faces a more difficult test in the House, which has never approved video slots.

The Senate approved the measure 16-8 on Thursday.

Gov. Maggie Hassan supports the bill, which would legalize up to 5,000 video slots and 150 table games.

Bill supporters say it's important that New Hampshire move quickly, to compete with Massachusetts, which already has passed a law that could bring up to three casinos and a slots parlor to that state.

Though the casino's location would be open to competition, most believe it would be on New Hampshire's border with Massachusetts.

Hassan included $80 million in licensing fees in her budget to pressure lawmakers to approve a casino.

This program aired on March 14, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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