In New Hampshire, the House has given its thumbs up to legalized sports betting. A vote held on Tuesday resulted in a 269-82 decision that will now see the bill, head to the Senate for its vote. Certain provisions in the bill, according to House leaders, will most likely be included into the House’s two-year budget proposal for New Hampshire.
The bill authorizes wagers on professional sports games and certain Division I collegiate-level games—any schools in New Hampshire would be off limits to gambling. It also would allow mobile and retail wagers and is expected to produce as much as $7.5 million for the state’s public education system in the fiscal year 2021, and $13.5 million two years after that.
Proponents of the bill have supported the belief that legalizing gambling will help diminish illegal gambling in the state, as well as provide additional revenue streams. It will also allow for the creation of a new Council for Responsible Gaming to assist problem gamblers. Foes have argued, however, that legalizing gambling will only perpetuate New Hampshire’s reliance on problematic revenue sources. As the world has seen more than once, “problematic revenue sources” can be used to describe any industry.