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After returning to third to tag the base, sports betting legislation finally is on the way to home plate in New Hampshire.
The Senate approved two amendments to H 480 prior to the vote, to go along with an amendment previously adopted. The changes mean the bill will need to receive concurrence from the House.
Rep. Timothy Lang, the bill’s author, tells Legal Sports Report that he expects H 480 will get concurrence in one of the next two floor sessions in the House, either June 5 or the following week.
The Senate previously approved the Ways and Means Committee‘s “ought to pass with amendment” recommendation on NH sports betting two weeks ago.
However, rather than send the bill off to the House, the Senate diverted it to the Finance Committee to get a fiscal recommendation to go with the policy approval. Finance added an amendment, and Sen. Bob Giuda made one more on the floor.
It took less than three minutes for all the amendments and the bill to get approval. In sum, key terms of the amendments include:
The bill authorizes the lottery commission to conduct NH sports betting directly or through authorized agents via the use of mobile internet devices and retail establishments.
The effective date of the bill is upon its passage.
The legislation would:
Back in the House, the Ways and Means Committee that previously handled the bill will make the recommendation on concurrence.
Given the mildness of the changes, Lang expects the NH sports betting legislation to receive concurrence. He sent an email to Ways and Means vice chair Richard Ames after Senate passage explaining the amendments, offering his support for the bill as amended and asking for the committee to recommend concurrence.
If the House does not concur with the Senate changes, the bill would go to a conference committee to work out the differences.
Gov. Chris Sununu is expected to sign the bill, as he already included $10 million from sports betting in his state budget.