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Senator McKeon Statement in Response to the Establishment of the Responsible Gaming Task Force

TRENTON – Senator John McKeon issued the following statement in response to Governor Murphy’s announcement establishing the Responsible Gaming Task Force:

“I commend Governor Murphy for launching the Responsible Gaming Task Force and for placing a high priority on confronting the dire issue of problem gambling in New Jersey. While our casinos and amusements make us unique, they also make our residents more susceptible to gambling addiction, which demands our immediate attention,” said Senator McKeon (D-Essex/Passaic). “Previously, I introduced several bills aimed at addressing issues surrounding online gaming and sports wagering, and have proposed instituting safeguards that protect minors and chronic gamblers from the influence of casinos. As the Responsible Gaming Task Force moves forward, I ask that its members seriously consider the legislation already on the table and work with me and the Legislature to make these bills law.”

Senator McKeon has a slate of bills intended to strengthen protections in the gaming industry for children and chronic gamblers and to raise funds from these businesses in part to support gambling addiction treatment programs:

S-3062: Prohibits casino licensees from using non-wagering casino games to solicit future gaming. With the recent boom in online gambling, it has become increasingly common for casinos to conduct games on mobile applications that provide non-monetary rewards but simulate the act of betting.

S-3063: Permits civil liability against casinos and simulcast facilities for reckless indifference or intentional misconduct toward persons self-excluded from gaming activities.

S-3064: Increases tax on Internet casino gaming and Internet sports wagering to 30 percent.

S-3283: Establishes annual fee for sports wagering licensees; directs funds from such fees to Council on Compulsive Gambling and gambling addiction treatment programs.

S-3284: Requires sports wagering advertisements and applications to include warning of risks of gambling.

S-3344: Establishes public awareness campaign concerning risks of gambling and resources available to compulsive gamblers; appropriates $200,000.