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September 20, 2019

The House approved the Senate's changes to its bill

New Hampshire sports betting proposal headed to governor’s desk

New Hampshire sports betting proposal headed to governor’s desk
The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu has already included tax revenue from this practice in the budget.
United States | 06/14/2019

The bill, which now only awaits Gov. Chris Sununu’s signature would authorize betting on professional sports and most Division I college sports, excluding games involving New Hampshire schools.

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ports betting is a step closer to being legal in New Hampshire after the House voted Thursday to accept the Senate's minor changes to a proposal that originated in the state’s lower house. The bill now goes to Republican Gov. Chris Sununu, who supports it, New Hampshire Public Radio reports.

The approval of this proposal in the Senate two weeks ago was viewed as a great sign for legal sports wagering in the state, especially considering that the governor had already included tax revenue from this practice in the budget.

The Senate changed the bill's effective date so that the regulatory system could be in place early next year. Both mobile and retail gambling would be allowed, producing an estimated $7.5 million for education in fiscal year 2021, and $13.5 million two years later.

Supporters argue legalization will bring black market activity to the surface and provide support for problem gamblers through a new Council for Responsible Gambling. Opponents argue it continues the state's reliance on problematic revenue sources.

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