Governor Chris Sununu of New Hampshire signed House Bill 626 into law this week, allowing pari-mutuel wagering on historical horse racing (HHR) in the state for the first time.
The bill allows charitable gaming facilities in New Hampshire that were licenced as of May 1, 2020 to provide HHR.
HHR wagering proceeds will be distributed to the New Hampshire education trust fund and to local charity groups in the state.
Patrick Neely of HHR firm Exacta Systems weighed in on the news. He said: “We are so grateful to our primary bill sponsors Representative Pat Abrami and Senator Harold French, long-time supporters like Representatives Fred Doucette and Jennie Gomarlo, and of course Governor Sununu for signing the bill into law.”
He added: “Passage of this legislation was truly a group effort, and we were pleased to play a role in a broad coalition of New Hampshire charitable organisations and charitable gaming operators.
“We have no doubt that HHR will prove to be as successful in New Hampshire as it is in other jurisdictions, and that it will generate significant new tax revenue and financial support for countless New Hampshire charities.
“Exacta looks forward to playing a role in that future success, and we are excited to announce our expansion plans and partnership agreements in New Hampshire in the coming weeks.”