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Bill to permit compulsive gambling education in place of fines for underage gamblers advances

NEW JERSEY – In an effort to help young gamblers the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee approved legislation sponsored by Committee Chair Senator James Beach to permit a compulsive gambling prevention program as an optional penalty for underage gambling.

“Gambling addictions are a serious issue and a growing concern among teens. This legislation will help to connect underage gamblers with treatment, rather than hitting them with fines which can have a disproportionate impact on low income families,” said Beach (D-Camden/Burlington). “It is our hope that this can help to address unhealthy relationships with gambling and prevent kids from becoming repeat offenders.”

The bill, S-1599, would permit the use of a compulsive gambling prevention, education and treatment program as a penalty for underage gambling, and give judicial discretion on the monetary penalty.

The bill was released from committee by a vote of 5-0.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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