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Atlantic City legislation declared unconstitutional

20 June 2007

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey -- As reported by the Press of Atlantic City: "Legislation that protects the casinos from another government shutdown like the one that halted gambling last year has been declared unconstitutional by a new legal opinion.

"In an 80-0 vote, the state Assembly approved a bill last week that would allow the casinos to stay open even if the Legislature fails to agree on a new state budget by the constitutional deadline of July 1.

"The bill would divert money from a special casino fund to keep New Jersey gaming inspectors and regulators on the job in the event budget negotiations fail and the government shuts down.

"However, a new legal opinion by the state Office of Legislative Services concludes that the legislation is unconstitutional because it would violate New Jersey budget requirements.

"...The state Attorney General's Office also declared the legislation unconstitutional in an Oct. 12, 2006, legal opinion..."

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