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New Jersey Online Gambling Legislation Advances Again

The New Jersey State Senate has approved new amendments to Senate Bill 1565, which would legalize online gambling for residents in the east coast state.

SB1565 was introduced by State Senators Ray Lesniak and Jim Whelan. Amendments to the bill make last week were:

  • Any game authorised for land casinos can be offered online, subject to approval by the regulator.

  • Internet gaming companies have been added to the definition of “casino service industry enterprises” and are covered by the same licensing requirements.

  • The regulator must ensure that both the hardware and software used in Internet gaming is tested.

  • All Internet gaming equipment must be located within a licensed casino resort in Atlantic City, and not just within Atlantic City.

  • Internet gaming goods and services companies are permitted to "participate" in agreements with casino licensees.

  • The state is to undertake an educational campaign on Internet gaming.

  • Prominent display of responsible gambling information to be available at log in and log off stages.

  • Greater provision to be made for the funding of compulsive gambling treatment.

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