Lone Speaker Opposes Sports Betting at Senate Committee Hearing
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Jennifer Cormier of Dunbarton told senators that if the state legalizes sports betting, it could increase problem gambling and allow for more people to be “sucked into an addictive cycle.”
Cormier said she worried that it could ruin families and lead children into a “welfare cycle.”
But Rep. Tim Lang, R-Sanbornton, said the state would bring an illegal practice “into the light” and offer problem gamblers help by de-stigmatizing it.
Lang’s bill, House Bill 480, was heard by the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday after easily clearing the House on a vote of 269-82 on March 19.