New Jersey Online Gambling Bill Moves Forward

The New Jersey Senate further amended an online gambling bill brought forward by Senators Jim Whelan and Ray Lesniak.

Senate Bill 1565 went through a series of debates and changes including:

* All games for land casinos can be offered online, subject to approval by the regulator.

* Online gaming companies have been added to the definition of “casino service industry enterprises” and are subject to the same licensing requirements.

* The regulator must ensure adequate testing of hardware and software used in online gaming.

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

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

* The state is to undertake an educational campaign on online 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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