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Senate Advances Van Drew Bill to Help Victims of Drug Abuse Find a Job in Atlantic City Casinos

Senator Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland and Atlantic, listens to testimony during the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee’s hearing on the Opportunity Scholarship Act.

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Jeff Van Drew, which would allow a person who has successfully completed special probation for certain drug offenses to qualify for a casino employee license and a casino employee registration, advanced from the Senate today.

“The entire Jersey shore suffers from the opioid epidemic. By allowing certain victims of the drug scourge to find employment in the city’s casinos, the bill would help people break out of the cycle of addiction and crime,” said Senator Van Drew (D-Atlantic/Cape May/Cumberland).

The bill, S-2330, would allow the Casino Control Commission to issue a casino employee license and the Division of Gaming Enforcement to issue a casino employee registration to any applicant who has successfully completed a term of special probation for the conviction of certain drug offenses. Those who, in the past, abused drugs would able to obtain a casino employee license in an effort to assist them in overcoming a cycle of repeating drug offenses.

The bill was released from the Senate by a vote of 37-0.