Assembly Passes Gaming & Horse Racing Bills

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TRENTON – Seven bills intended to aid New Jersey’s casino gaming and horse racing industries by – among other things – moving to sports gaming at casinos and racetracks, allowing Internet wagering by out-of-state residents on horse racing and expanding off-track wagering were approved Monday by the Assembly.

The measures would:

· Propose a constitutional amendment authorizing the Legislature by law to allow wagering at Atlantic City casinos and at horse racetracks on sports events (ACR-167). It was approved 54-17-4 and has now passed both houses. As a proposed amendment, it does not go to the governor, but to voters in November 2011 election.

State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Elizabeth) has filed a federal lawsuit to overturn a ban on sports betting outside of Nevada, Delaware, Oregon and Montana.

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· Make several changes to New Jersey’s off-track wagering statute, most notably allowing entities other than the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority to run the facilities (A-1705). It was approved 72-1, giving it final legislative approval.

· Prohibit the Motor Vehicle Commission from inspecting buses on casino-owned property and designated casino parking, pick-up, or drop-off locations (A-2845). It was approved 75-0 and goes to the Senate.

· Authorize exchange wagering on results of in-state and out-of-state horse races. Exchange wagering is defined as a form of betting in which two or more persons place directly opposing wagers on the outcome of a horse race (A-2926). Exchange wagering allows a bettor to wager on a selected outcome occurring, and another bettor to wager on that same outcome not occurring. It was approved 74-1, giving it final legislative approval.

· Permit racetrack permit holders to provide for a single pari-mutuel pool for each running or harness horse race (A-3200). It was approved 75-0, giving it final legislative approval.

· Authorize Internet account wagering for residents outside New Jersey on in-state horse races (A-3498). It was approved 72-3 and now goes to the Senate.

· Allow casinos and out-of-state racetracks to negotiate the amount casinos will pay for simulcast races (A-3580). It was approved 75-0 and now goes to the Senate.


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