TRENTON – Bills that would expand storage rules on internet gaming equipment and prevent crime victims from being charged fees for government records cleared a Senate committee today.
The State Government Committee released unanimously a bill – S2930 – that would permit internet gaming equipment to be stored someplace other than at a casino.
Current law mandates that such equipment must be located at the casinos.
This bill specifies that the location in Atlantic City must be secure from public access.
Frank Catania, a former assistant attorney general and director of the Division of Gaming Enforcement, said this bill would make enforcement a whole lot easier.
Sponsor Sen. Jim Whelan, (D-2), Atlantic City, said that when the internet gaming law was being developed this was not on the radar screen, no one thought of it.
Sen. Sam Thompson, (R-12), Old Bridge, said – only partly in jest – “Make sure you have good backup generators, just in case,’’ at the off-casino sites.
The panel also OK’d S2790. This bill would prohibit a crime victim from being charged any fee to obtain a government record relating to that person’s victimization. Under the bill, a victim would not be charged for any law enforcement agency report, domestic violence offense report, or temporary or permanent restraining order.
Attorney Richard Pompelio suggested removing the wording “alleged’’ from before the word victim, which committee Chair Whelan said they would bring up for consideration by the sponsor, Sen. Loretta Weinberg, (D-37), Teaneck.
Thompson countered that not all people who claim to be victims truly are, and not all defendants are convicted.
But Pompelio said that under the law, what makes someone a victim is the injury sustained in the crime, not whether someone is found guilty.