Online Gambling Bill Approved By New Jersey Senate
Today is a day that millions of online gamblers across the US have been waiting for. The New Jersey Senate approved a bill that will allow online gambling by New Jersey residents and foreigners. Although that gives no relief to gamblers in other states, it is the start of a process.
"In order to gain full freedom of Internet gambling in the US, it had to start with one state," said Gaming Analyst Steve Schwartz. "Once the first state regulates online gambling, others will follow, and soon, all online gamblers in the US will finally receive the freedoms they are supposed to be afforded in the Constitution."
The online gambling discussion has taken place in New Jersey for several months, but only today did a bill go before the full Senate. The bill is interesting in the fact of how advanced the technology has become for Internet gambling. The technology that will be used in New Jersey will allow only residents of the state and gamblers in countries outside the US to gamble at the online sites.
Other pieces of legislation were also passed on Monday, one of which would bring sports betting to the countries second largest gaming market. The sports betting legislation is not as much of a slam dunk as the online gambling bill, because federal laws still prohibit New Jersey from offering sports betting.
Senator Ray Lesniak has sued to gain New Jersey the right to offer sports betting. Lesniak, in the lawsuit, maintains that it is unconstitutional to allow some states to offer sports betting while others are prohibited from doing so. Lesniak is pushing for a referendum on the November ballot for voters to approve the sports wagering despite the federal ban.
The gambling bills that were passed on Monday are largely the product of bi-partisan support. One bill that would allow casinos to open with only 200 hotel rooms passed unanimously, without one Republican voting against the measure despite the fact it was proposed by a Democratic lawmaker. Currently, a casino has to offer at least 500 rooms to operate their casino.
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