A New Jersey legislative committee has given the green light for the state's assembly to vote on an intrastate internet gambling bill. Supporters of the bill hope that it will help boost the state's revenues.
A legislative committee in New Jersey has given an online gambling bill the green light, approving it for a full vote by the Assembly.
The bill, named A2578, proposes to set up an intrastate internet gambling regime, like it has lately been seen in Nevada.
Supporters of the bill says that it will help boost revenues for Atlantic City's casinos, who will be allowed to apply for licenses to offer internet gambling under the proposed framework.
The casinos in Atlantic City have experienced a decline in gambling revenues over the past years, as neighboring Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware and Maryland have increased their offering.
The bill would only allow games already offered inside Atlantic City casinos to be hosted online, at the same time setting up strict measures to prevent minors from gaining access to the online games.
Only residents inside New Jersey would be allowed to take advantage of the offer.
The proposal has received mixed reactions from lawmakers in the state, and it remains unclear whether or not it will pass the Assembly vote.
Leading up to the approval by the legislative committee, the bill had previously cleared the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and the Gaming Committee, NewJersey.com
If successful, New Jersey could join Nevada as the only U.S. states to offer legal online games to state residents.
A regulatory framework has already been approved in Nevada, and a full-fledged online gambling infrastructure is due to air with a number of licensed operators early next year.
Meanwhile, similar attempts to introduce intrastate online gambling have also been taken up by states like California, Iowa, Mississippi and Hawaii over the past year, so far however without any success.