Testimony to consider casino gambling in New Hampshire got underway Tuesday with Governor Maggie Hassan the first to speak about the bill to a Senate committee.
The late entries included one surprise — a company affiliated with the principals of Baltimore-based Cornish Companies, which had not publicly expressed interest in the state before Tuesday.
Tuesday evening the State’s Gaming Commission will be holding a news conference announcing the names of the companies competing for one of the state’s casino licenses.
January 15 is the date when applications for the two licenses in Boston and Western Massachusetts are due.
The state gaming commission met in Springfield Tuesday to discuss speeding up the license application process.
The Mashantucket tribe reports slot revenues of $51 million, a decline of nearly 16 percent from July of last year.
Lawmakers are reviewing the casino agreement between the state and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.
Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration announced a tentative casino compact Wednesday with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.
With Massachusetts embracing development of up to three resort-style casinos and a slots parlor, some in New Hampshire now fear a reverse flow of dollars to its southern neighbor and a lost economic opportunity.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will be discussing issues related to problem gambling.