Senator Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic

08 Apr: Whelan-Van Drew Bill To Strengthen Casino Industry Signed Into Law

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senators Jim Whelan and Jeff Van Drew which strengthens the State’s casino industry by removing archaic casino regulations which hamper economic growth in Atlantic City was signed into law today by the Governor.

“This new law is about leveling the playing field for New Jersey’s struggling casino industry, and giving casinos a needed hand to make it through the current national recession,” said Senator Whelan, D-Atlantic, and Chairman of the Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee. “At a time when every cent of savings helps, this bill removes unnecessary and draconian regulations which only serve to drive up the bottom line on casinos and bog honest people down in red tape. With his signature today, Governor Corzine has shown that he favors the economic vitality of the region over continuation of pointless bureaucracy.”

16 Mar: Whelan-Van Drew Casino Bills Receive Final Legislative Approval

TRENTON – A package of bills sponsored by Senator Jim Whelan, the Chairman of the Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee, and Senator Jeff Van Drew, which would remove archaic casino regulations which hamper economic growth and would allow casino employees to run for local office was approved by the Legislature today.

“As that national recession continues to worsen, the casino industry is among the hardest hit,” said Senator Whelan, D-Atlantic. “We need to remove some of the regulatory barriers to economic vitality for the casinos, and we need to give casino workers a voice in their local government. These bills will help strengthen the economic well-being of Atlantic City’s gaming industry and ensure true representative government on the City Council.”

02 Feb: Whelan-Van Drew Bill To Relieve Regulatory Pressures Off Atlantic City Casino Industry Advances In Senate Committee

TRENTON – A bill sponsored by Senator Jim Whelan, the Chairman of the Senate Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee, and Senator Jeff Van Drew, which would remove some of the archaic regulations within the Casino Control Act which hamper the economic stability of the casino industry in Atlantic City was unanimously approved by the Senate Wagering panel.

“Atlantic City’s gaming industry is in crisis right now, and as the national recession gets worse, the economic future for casinos is looking bleaker and bleaker,” said Senator Whelan, D-Atlantic. “While wholesale casino deregulation may not be an option, we should take another look at the Casino Control Act, and where appropriate, remove archaic restrictions which jeopardize the economic well-being of the industry. Through this legislation, we’re making minor revisions which will mean major results for the economic health and sustainability of New Jersey’s casinos.”

09 Jun: Senate Advances Bill On Living Wills

TRENTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee today approved two bills, sponsored by Senator John H. Adler, to help New Jersey residents keep living wills up to date after marriages, divorces or the beginnings or terminations of domestic partnerships.

“Our goal here is to help those who choose advance directives for health care to have those wishes carried out in a timely and accurate manner,” said Senator Adler, the Chairman of the Senate panel. “We’ve learned of the importance to families of knowing exactly how those about to leave us want to be treated.”

01 Apr: Adler To Promote End Of Life Directives In New Jersey

TRENTON – Senator John H. Adler announced today that he will be introducing legislation to promote awareness for end-of-life advanced directives when the Legislature reconvenes this spring.

“On the national level, we’ve seen the pain and grieving of Terry Schiavo’s family as they fought over what they believed her dying wishes would have been,” said Senator Adler, D-Camden, the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “The family has had to balance their love for Terry and their desire to be with her with the desire to release the pain and let her go, and the weight of that decision has torn a family apart.