HAMPTON Selectmen are transferring ahead with placing a warrant article on the March 10 poll asking voters in the event that they wish to enable sports activities betting on the town.
The board voted Four-1 final week to sponsor the article on the request of Ocean Gaming On line casino at Hampton Seaside. The charitable gaming institution at 81 Ocean Blvd. needs to be one of many 10 brick-and-mortar places within the state to supply the service.
New Hampshire grew to become the ninth state to legalize sports activities betting when Gov. Chris Sununu signed Home Invoice 480 in July. The invoice permits the state Lottery Fee to manage, by way of a brand new Division of Sports activities Betting, as much as 10 retail sportsbook places in addition to on-line betting.
Solely cities and cities that vote to permit sports activities betting may be thought of to host retail places.
To this point, the cities of Manchester, Somersworth, Berlin, Claremont and Laconia accredited permitting sports activities betting throughout their fall elections. New Hampshire cities will have the ability to embrace the query on City Assembly warrants in March.
Hampton Selectmen Chairman Rick Griffin mentioned he was in favor of placing the article on the poll.
“That is undoubtedly going to occur beginning in January, Griffin mentioned. We’d like this (article) to go ahead if we anticipate this to occur right here in Hampton.”
City Supervisor Fred Welch mentioned state statute requires the city to carry a public listening to on the warrant article, which is able to happen in late January or early February. He mentioned that’s the place representatives from Ocean Gaming could make their case to voters.
“That would be the place to elucidate how this works and what its going to do for the neighborhood and the colleges, Welch mentioned.
The state’s Government Council final month accredited a six-year sports activities betting contract between the Lottery Fee and DraftKings Inc. Beneath the accredited contract, the New Hampshire Lottery will obtain 50% of gaming income from sports activities betting gross sales, which is able to go towards schooling in New Hampshire.
The sports activities betting laws permits wagering on skilled and faculty sports activities however prohibits betting on New Hampshire faculty groups or any faculty video games happening within the Granite State. Gamers should be 18 or older to make wagers.
Selectman Mary-Louise Woolsey voted in opposition to inserting the article on the poll.
I dont suppose its acceptable for a neighborhood to place this text in, Woolsey mentioned. I dont doubt for a minute that there could be help from the general public, however it must be a personal petition.
The rest of the board thought the article would have a greater likelihood if sponsored by selectmen. Selectman Jim Wadell mentioned the article simply offers Hampton the chance to host one of many retail places.
We’re going to have a public listening to, mentioned Selectman Regina Barnes. So if anybody has any issues about this that’s the time to return out and relay your issues on whether or not you suppose its one thing good or unhealthy for Hampton.
Seabrook can be asking voters on the March 10 City Assembly on the request of the New Seabrook Park.
The lottery expects sports activities betting on DraftKings’ cellular app to begin in January. Bodily places for sports activities betting are anticipated to be up and working by late winter or early spring.