CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- Casino supporters who hoped the third time would be the charm in New Hampshire's House after suffering two defeats in the past two months were shut out again Wednesday.
The House voted 192-172 not to reconsider last week's vote to kill a bill that legalized two casinos sharing a total of 5,000 video slot machines and 240 table games. The measure also called for distributing $25 million of state revenues from the casinos to local communities to provide property tax relief.
The fight was to reconsider last week's House close vote to kill the bill -- 173-172, with the tiebreaking vote by the presiding officer.
Supporters pleaded with the House to consider the state's need for revenue to potentially replace money from a tax on hospitals a superior court judge recently ruled was unconstitutional. They noted that two Wall Street bond rating firms had subsequently put the state's credit rating on watch.
But gambling opponents said the House had spoken repeatedly on the question of legalizing casinos -- twice killing bills this year and once last year.
"It does not need to be reconsidered and brought up a fourth time," said Rep. David Hess, R-Hooksett.
But the House voted 183-179 not to bar considering different casino measures before adjourning June 5.