17th of December 2011 Author: Glo Wood
With the aim so close in sightâ€¦
Despite its fast passage through the state legislative committees, the New Jersey senator Ray Lesniak's sports betting legalisation bill encountered its first delay due to the removal of internet and mobile elements.
Hence, the bill, which was approved by the Generals Assembly on Dec. 15, will face the Senate after it reconvenes in early January. Provided that it gets the Senate's approval, Lesniak will see his bill sitting on Governor Chris Christie's desk not long afterwards.
But while Gov. Christie may keep his promise to respect the wishes of the electorate following a positive vote for sports betting in the November 8 state ballot, the measure could come in conflict with federal authorities as it implies that the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Promotion Act needs to be changed. Lesniak, on the other hand, seems to be ready to lead this fight, as he indicated that the state should be prepared to take the matter to court if necessary.
According to John Burzichelli, a Democrat member of the General Assembly from southern New Jersey, 'We want our casinos and racetracks to hit the ground running should New Jersey prove successful in overturning this unfair federal law and this is a step in the right direction.
'New Jersey must be in the forefront of this gaming option should the opportunity arise and this bill will accomplish that goal. We'll be ready to go once we work through the legislative process.'
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