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Joint NH House panels to work on casino bill

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -- New Hampshire House Speaker Terie Norelli wants her budget and tax writing committees to work together on a Senate casino bill.

Norelli announced Monday that the 45 members — 25 Democrats and 20 Republicans — who are the members of the Finance and Ways and Means committees will form a joint panel to handle the bill.

Norelli said Finance Chairwoman Mary Jane Wallner, a Concord Democrat, will chair the joint panel.

The Senate bill would legalize one casino and is supported by Gov. Maggie Hassan who counted on $80 million from licensing fees to fund her budget. The House has never passed a casino bill and did not count on the revenue in the budget it passed to the Senate last week.