- New Hampshire sports betting bill HB 480 would put the state lottery in charge of operating and regulating the new type of gaming.
- Sports wagering in NH will be available through both retail establishments and state-wide mobile betting platforms.
- The New Hampshire House Floor is expected to vote on its concurrence this Thursday, June 13, 2019.
CONCORD, N.H. – Sports betting in New Hampshire is currently sitting at the legislative finish line. Sports wagering bill HB 480, which was previously approved by the Senate, is now expected to get a vote of concurrence from the State House later this week.
The bill’s author, Rep. Timothy Lang, spoke with LegalSportsBetting on Wednesday and says he expects his legislative chamber to give a final vote on the measure in either the House Floor session scheduled for June 13 or the following week.
HB 480 originally passed through the House back in March of 2019 with a total vote of 269-89. The bill underwent several minor amendments while in the Senate before being passed back to the House for a vote of concurrence.
Since the state does not have any casinos, retail sports betting in New Hampshire will be granted to certain lottery providers across the state.
One of the amendments made by the Senate explains that the locations to be selected will be those “whose bids provide the state with the highest percentage of revenue from the sports wagering activities.”
The biggest changes that came from the Senate were primarily concerned with mobile sportsbooks. The amendments made to the bill include allowing the Lottery to use multiple online sports betting operators and limiting the number of operators to five.
Other stipulations added, clarify the state’s adherence to the federal law known as the Wire Act and ensures mobile sports wagering apps are geo-fenced to the state’s borders. Online sportsbooks in NH will also have to provide wager limits that address problem gambling.
Given the minimal changes, the previous overwhelming support for the bill in the House, and the support of sports betting from New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, the bill is expected to pass through House easily one final time.
– In his career, Hasan has worked both local and state government positions—including the Attorney General’s Office in Florida. On top of being familiar with the legislative process, he has also been researching and writing on the legality of sports betting across the US. Outside of work you’ll most likely find him producing or playing music, playing sports, or working on creative writing projects. You’ll also catch him at Doak Campbell Stadium cheering on the Noles.