Casino Legislation Passes New Jersey Committee

06/28/2012
By Pamela PattersonGoogle
The state of New Jersey continues to make strides in its online gaming policies. The legislation sponsored by Senator Ray Lesniak, which would grant permission to Atlantic City casinos to provide online casino games to its players, passed an Appropriations Committee hearing earlier this week.  

 
The next step for the bill, known as A2578, is to head to the state General Assembly for vote.

 
The details of the legislation state that top rated online casino operators in Atlantic City can accept online bets from players outside the state's borders, with the US federal law compliance requirement.

 
Those in favor of the legislation believe that passage will generate revenue for Atlantic City casinos, which have suffered a decline because of the US economy as well as competition from neighboring states in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Maryland.

 
One of the bill’s sponsors, Assemblyman Vincent Prieto, commented, “Most everything has migrated to the internet and taken advantage of the consumer and revenue options it offers and New Jersey’s gaming industry should be no different.”

 
Additionally, reports circulated earlier in June that the state is forging ahead with the legalization of sports betting. Governor Chris Christie has stated that he is on board with this policy but believe it will likely receive resistance on the federal level.
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