New Jersey bills move forward
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New Jersey Assemblyman Ron Dancer has sponsored a bill that would allow persons who live in New Jersey the ability to place a wager on a race in the state even though they may be outside the state's borders. The bill received approval on Thursday from the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee.
"A horse racing fan could still enjoy the Sport of Kings in New Jersey even though they may be temporarily outside the state,” Dancer was quoted as saying. "This bill allows an authorized account wagering licensee in the state to accept a New Jersey resident's bet, just as they do now, even though that person may away on business or vacation.”
Dancer also received approval from the same committee on a bill that guarantees consistent levels of funding from horse races to programs that benefit horsemen.
Currently, a percentage of purse money goes to programs such as pension, health and benefits, but the amount differs between racetracks. Dancer's proposed bill would require Freehold's percentage to go from 3.2 percent to 5 percent, equaling that of the Meadowlands.
In other New Jersey-related news, the proposed temporary casino at the Meadowlands for the 2014 Super Bowl that is scheduled to be hosted at MetLife Stadium, may reportedly be scrapped for a possible proposal for a permanent casino.
A state Assembly panel on Thursday was scheduled to discuss the temporary casino that would be open for the week prior to the Super Bowl, but it did not. Instead, there was a suggestion for a change to the state's Constitution that would allow a permanent casino at the Meadowlands and other locations in the state.