Only 4 Belknap County reps supported reconsideration of 2 casinos legislation

CONCORD — When the New Hampshire House of Representatives voted 192 to 172 this week not to reconsider its earlier vote to scuttle a bill to introduce casino gambling, 14 of the 18 members from Belknap County stood with the majority.

Only Reps. Lisa DiMartino of Gilford, Ruth Gulick of New Hampton and David Huot of Laconia — all Democrats — and Republican Dennis Fields of Sanbornton, voted to resuscitate Senate Bill 366. The same four representatives were the lone members of the county delegation to vote in favor of the bill the week before when it failed by the single tie-breaking vote of the Speaker Pro-Tem.

The other 12 Republicans — Richard Burchell of Gilmanton, Guy Comtois of Barnstead, Jane Cormier and Stephen Holmes of Alton, Charles Fink and Michael Sylvia of Belmont, Don Flanders, Bob Luther and Frank Tilton of Laconia, and Bob Greemore, Herb Vadney and Colette Worsman of Meredith — and two remaining Democrats — Democrats Beth Arsenault of Laconia and Ian Raymond of Sanbornton — voted not to reconsider.