PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The City Council in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, has rejected a motion to put a question on November’s ballot about whether to allow Keno gambling.

The Portsmouth Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2w6yFQS) the measure failed 7-2 on Tuesday. Mayor Jack Blalock supported the measure, saying he thinks it’s only fair to allow voters decide whether they want it. Others said it was unnecessary because it hadn’t been demanded by business owners or residents.

Charlie McIntyre, the executive director of the Lottery Commission, said other cities have voted for including it on the ballot, including Rochester which voted for it Tuesday. Portsmouth residents could still petition to have the measure placed on the ballot.

The game is for establishments with liquor licenses, with net revenue going toward funding full-day kindergarten.


Information from: Portsmouth Herald, http://www.seacoastonline.com