Since no gambling amendments were brought forward to be voted on, we didn't get a sense of how Manchester Represenative/Alderman Pat Long's Verizon Protection Amendment would have fared.
The amendment would have blocked any casino from building an entertainment venue (that is to say concert hall) with more than 1500 seats.
Sources tell me that it was not one of the 18 amendments presented this morning, but it was included in one of the omnibus amendments proposed. The omnibus amendments were never voted on by any of the full subcommittees either, so the Long plan appears to be in legislative limbo.
Since House rules prevent mention of any amendments as long as the pending motion is Inexpedient To Legislate and since I expect the ITL motion to carry, we will most likely never hear of the Long/Verizon Protection Plan on the House floor.
My guess is that even though Verizon would thus be in jeopardy if SB152 passes, a majority of Manchester Democrats will still vote for the gambling bill; never underestimate the desire of Manchester Democrats to put their governor ahead of their city!
Speaking of Manchester Democrats, SB152 sponsor Lou D’Allesandro, whose previous gambling bills allowed the state to keep up to 55 percent of revenues unlike the 30 percent with this bill, slipped into the committee room and was sitting at the press table during the 23-22 vote to ITL his bill.
From 55 percent for the state in 2004 to a mere 30 percent this year, to quote Howard Cossell, "Who would have believed it?!"