Published DateCONCORD — The 18 representatives from Belknap County divided largely along party lines when the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted to scuttle a bill to introduce casino gambling and enact a bill to outlaw lead fishing tackle this week.
Only four members of the county delegation voted in favor of Senate Bill 152, which would have authorized 5,000 video slot machines and 150 table games at one venue, three of the five Democrats — Reps. Lisa Di Martino of Gilford, David Huot of Laconia and Ruth Gulick of New Hampton — and one of the 13 Republicans — Rep. Dennis Fields of Sanbornton. Two Democrats — Reps. Beth Arsenault of Laconia and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton — joined eleven Republicans — Reps. Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Jane Cormier and Stephen Holmes of Alton, Chuck Fink and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, Don Flanders and Frank Tilton of Laconia, Bob Greemore, Herb Vadney and Colette Worsman of Meredith — in voting against the bill. Rep. Bob luther of Laconia did not vote. The House rejected the bill by a margin of 199 to 164.
With strong support from the Loon Preservation Society and New Hampshire Lakes Association, Senate Bill 89, prohibiting the use of lead-weighted hooks or jigs of one ounce or less, carried the House by a vote of 225 to 142. Seven members of the county delegation — all five Democrats and two Republicans, Holmes and Vadney — supported the bill while the remaining eleven Republicans opposed it.