Belknap County reps split on House keno games vote

CONCORD — When the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted this week to allow the holders of liquor licenses to operate keno games under the regulation and supervision of the Lottery Commission, representatives of both parties found themselves divided on the issue.

Of the 18 members of the county delegation 17 voted, 12 of the 13 Republicans and all five Democrats. The Republicans split evenly with six voting in favor — Representatives Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Dennis Fields of Sanbornton, Bob Greemore of Meredith, Bob Luther of Laconia and Michael Sylvia of Belmont — and six voting against — Representatives Jane Cormier and Stephen Holmes of Alton, Don Flanders and Frank Tilton of Laconia, and Herb Vadney and Colette Worsman of Meredith. Charles Fink of Belmont did not vote.

Two Democrats — Representatives Lisa DiMartino of Gilford and Ruth Gulick of New Hampton — voted in favor while three voted against — Beth Arsenault and David Huot of Laconia and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton.

The Lottery Commission projects that licensing fees and gaming revenue, net of operating costs and prize payouts, will generate $3,875,000 in the current fiscal year and $8,875,000 in the following and subsequent years, all of which will be applied to the education trust fund to finance public schools.