LAWMAKERS CALL FOR GAMING SUMMIT TO FIND ‘GLOBAL SOLUTION’ FOR STATE’S TROUBLED INDUSTRY

(TRENTON) – A group of Senate and Assembly leaders today called for a “gaming summit” to craft a constitutional amendment that would include comprehensive solutions for maximizing revenues to ensure the long-term viability of the state’s struggling gaming and entertainment industries.

Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, Senators Raymond J. Lesniak, Jim Whelan and Jeff Van Drew, and Assemblyman John Burzichelli said the effort would bring together lawmakers, industry leaders and policy experts. Assemblyman John Burzichelli, chairman of the Assembly Regulatory Oversight and Gaming Committee, said his panel would stand ready to ensure passage of a constitutional amendment.

“We have been working hard over the past couple years to remove the regulatory roadblocks that were choking our gaming industries,” said Burzichelli (D-Gloucester). “But tackling one issue here and another there is no longer enough. We need a comprehensive solution. Ensuring a bright future for our state’s gaming industry is something that can’t wait until next year – because by next year there may not be an industry left to protect.”

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