Lottery taxation bill advances

TRENTON – A bill that would help fund after-school programs by taxing certain New Jersey State Lottery winnings cleared a Senate committee Thursday.

The proposal, S2275, would impose a 0.5 percent tax on lottery winnings greater than or equal to $600, according to the bill. Revenue generated from the tax would help fund nonprofit entities that operate after-school programs in school districts where at least 40 percent of students are considered at-risk pupils.

The bill cleared the Senate State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee following a 3-2 vote along party lines.

Senate lawmakers also released several other bills up for consideration:

S2210 would require the Department of State to post on its website days, weeks and months designated by state law as special commemorations. Senators also released the Assembly version, A3058, during the committee hearing.

Both versions were released from committee unanimously.

S2219 would revise the state’s Overseas Resident Absentee Voting Law to more closely mirror federal overseas voting laws.


Lottery taxation bill advances