The state of New Jersey released a draft proposal of internet wagering regulations on Friday. The official proposed regulations will be made public on June 3, 2013, at which point a 60-day public comment period will ensue.
The draft was released to allow interested parties additional time to familiarize themselves with the regulations before the comment period begins, according to a letter distributed to stakeholders and obtained by pokerfuse. However, the Division of Gaming Enforcement emphasizes that “[t]he text of the proposal is unofficial until published in the NJ Register.”
Written comments may be submitted to Lon Mamolen, Deputy Attorney General for the state of New jersey at 1300 Atlantic Avenue, 4th Floor, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.
Per a public statement from David Rebuck, Director of the DGE, following the end of the comment period on August 2, the DGE will review and respond to all comments.
As required by state law, the DGE will announce the launch date for online wagering in New Jersey “at least 45 days prior to commencement.”
New jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the online gambling bill into law on February 26, 2013 after conditionally vetoing the bill and suggesting changes that included higher taxes on operators and a 10-year sunset provision.
In 2011, Christie vetoed similar legislation. However, that was before the US Department of Justice revised its opinion that it no longer considers online gaming to be in violation of the Wire Act.
New Jersey became the third US state to legalize online gambling. Delaware recently selected its primary vendor, with Scientific Games to be its main gaming provider and 888Poker to supply poker software.