A bill in the New Jersey Senate was introduced this week will offer treatment to underage gamblers that are caught betting in Atlantic City casinos.
Senate Bill S-1599 would allow judges to impose mandatory betting treatment and education programs for those who're found guilty of betting in Atlantic City casinos while under 21 years of age. The current law stipulates a fine between $500 and $1,000, while the bill would give judges the ability to impose fines, order treatment and education, or both.
The bill was introduced by senators James Beach and Shirley Turner, and is co-sponsored by Patrick Diegnan. The trio say that the bill addresses potential gambling addiction that may otherwise go unaddressed. The move comes as the state is looking at different ways to promote safer gambling, including looking at advertising standards and easier self-exclusion offers.
The bill will have to work its way through the Senate before going to the state's House of Representatives. If it clears both, it will head to the desk of Governor Phil Murphy, who can sign it into law.
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