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NJ Lawmakers Move Again to Legalize Sports Betting

New Jersey legislators are planning on taking another swing at legalizing sports betting in the state following a series of court rulings that have blocked their efforts.

Two assemblymen introduced a bill, A4303, on Oct. 27 that would repeal any laws or regulations prohibiting betting on professional, collegiate or amateur sports. The bill has been assigned to the Assembly Committee on Tourism, Gaming and the Arts. Its sponsors are Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, D-Essex, the chairman of the committee, and Assemblyman John Burzichelli, who also is a member of the committee.

The bill, the sponsors said, is an attempt to satisfy two rulings by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit that have said the state’s prior attempts to legalize sports betting ran afoul of the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992, which generally confined sports betting to Nevada, Montana, Oregon and Delaware. – READ MORE