TRENTON – The Senate approved unanimously bill S1025, which would allow a casino and out-of-state racetrack to negotiate a higher percentage of payment for simulcasting of a horse race.
Under the bill, the amount would increase from 3.5 to 6 percent, or from 6 to 9 percent.
The Senate also approved bill S874, which would restore funding for the STARS college scholarship program.
The Senate also passed “Jessica Rogers’ Law” that increases the degree of offense in certain cases for assault by auto, or road rage.
The law, S1468, sponsored by Sen. Linda Greenstein of Monroe, is named for a Hamilton Township, Mercer County woman who was left severely injured in 2005 as a victim of road rage. She was just 16 years-old at the time.
All three bills passed 38-0.
The Senate also approved a bill that calls on reforming the practices of the much-criticized Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, requiring it to have annual audits, provide 72-hour notice of any public hearing, and require at least two-thirds of the commissioners to be present. .
The bill, S1761, sponsored by Sen. Bob Gordon and Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, would enhance public accountability of the bi-state agency.
Partner legislation is being sponsored in New York State by Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island).