New Hampshire’s sports gambling industry waiting on a single signature
Lawmakers have said yes, now Governor Sununu has to do the same
After what seems like a rather long delay, New Hampshire is close to becoming the next state to introduce legalized sports gambling. Lawmakers in both the House and Senate have signed off on a bill that would bring the activity to the state and there’s just one more stop along the path toward legalization. The bill needs to be signed by Governor Chris Sununu, but no one is expecting this to be a problem.
The New Hampshire House approved the bill in March and then sent it to the Senate for its approval. Some changes had to be made, but it finally made it to the finish line on May 30. Then, it had to return to the House, because of the Senate amendments, and lawmakers in that chamber have given the green light, as well.
Among some of the modifications introduced by the Senate, there will be a limit on the number of mobile and retail operators in New Hampshire. The state will only allow five mobile and ten retail, and the New Hampshire Lottery Commission will also be able to introduce “wager limits for daily, weekly and monthly amounts consistent with the best practices in addressing problem gambling.”
There is only one other state in the New England region that offers sports gambling – Rhode Island. Massachusetts and Connecticut have tried to introduce legislation, but have failed so far. Massachusetts, home to the upcoming Encore Boston Harbor casino resort by Wynn Resorts, could still approve legislation before the end of the session.
Sununu will most likely sign the bill within the next month or so, leading to the creation of the necessary framework to see sports gambling move forward. If everything goes well, the state could see legalized sports gambling by the summer of next year.