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Feb 18, 2016 4:52 PM

Landrigan: Senate puts off final vote, but NH casino cause clearly lacking political momentum

CONCORD - You may think of it as a last roll of the dice -- the Senate desperately trying to revive casino gambling and this time with a twist.

"All of these things are in play here. This is a very, very difficult situation. This is a most dangerous game we are playing here," said state Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester, widely considered the political godfather of casino legislation at the State House.

This bill would make Rockingham Park in Salem the exclusive winner of a casino license with up to 3,500 slots.

"Thank you Mr. President I move to table Senate Bill 551," said Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro, putting off the vote.

Right on cue, an absent senator put off that final showdown.

"A key vote was missing today, Senator Lasky was not here. She’s for the bill and has been a strong supporter for a long period of time. So without her the numbers didn’t make a lot of sense," D’Allesandro continued.

A leading casino opponent believes victory is at hand.

"No I think that the reason it is on the table because it’s a 12-12 vote and the sponsors actually asked me to move to table because at a 12-12 vote it wasn’t going to go anywhere," said Senate Majority Leader Jeb Bradley, R-Wolfeboro.

But Senate President Chuck Morse isn’t crying uncle just yet.

"With vacation coming this week it wasn’t going to allow us time to do that but I do believe we can have some discussions about how to passed and sent to the House," Morse said.

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