The committee approved an amendment to restrict the casinos to a maximum of 1,500 seats for entertainment. D'Allesandro said that is to protect the Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester which has about 10,000 seats.
Jim Putnam testified against the bill for the Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling and Casino Free New Hampshire.
"Any revenue the state might gain from casinos and slot machines will be negated by crime, addiction and social costs associated with expanded gambling," he said.
Kensington Police Chief Mike Sielicki testified against the bill on behalf of the New Hampshire police chiefs association. Sielicki said crime and problems with addiction would rise.
South Hampton Police Chief Eddie Edwards said the state has a poor track record of funding programs it promises to earmark money for and he questioned if the promises in D'Allesandro's bill would be any different.
Ways and Means Chairman Bob Odell, the lone no vote, said over the years casino supporters have said money was needed for all sorts of things.
"This is a Christmas tree distribution system. It's never been about how the money is used. It's, 'We want a casino,'" said Odell, R-Lempster.
But Morse, a Salem Republican, argued legalizing a casino is a non-tax solution for New Hampshire and one that will create spinoff jobs from the economic development resulting from the state having money to finish the expansion of Interstate 93 from the Massachusetts border to Manchester.
"There's more jobs than at one or two casinos," he said.