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NH House panel recommends killing latest casino bill; House has never passed video slots bill

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CONCORD, New Hampshire — A House panel is recommending killing a Senate bill that would legalize two casinos in New Hampshire.

The Ways and Means Committee voted 11-9 Tuesday to recommend that the House reject the bill, which includes $25 million in aid to communities as a sweetener. The House has never approved video slots legislation.

The Senate bill proposes legalizing two casinos sharing a total of 5,000 video slot machines and 240 table games. The House killed a bill a month ago that would have legalized one casino licensed to have 5,000 video slot machines. House gambling supporters had talked of adding the $25 million in aid to the House bill had it survived.

The House could vote on the bill as early as next Wednesday.

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