Senate Bill 1565, known as New Jersey’s Internet gambling bill, is scheduled to go up for a vote in the NJ Senate on May 31, later than sponsor NJ Senator Raymond Lesniak had hoped. According to Pokernews, the delay will push back his predicted Sept. 1 start date for online poker in the Garden State. Lesniak still says he expects online poker to be up and running “sometime in the fall.
Lesniak had predicted last month that the bill would pass through both houses in mid-April. The bill was passed by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee on April 3 and according to Lesniak, the delay is the result of his colleagues in the legislature going on vacation over the next month.
“We have to make sure we have all the Democratic votes there, so we have to schedule around people’s vacations,” Lesniak told Pokernews. “Things like this happen. A year ago, the governor vetoed the first attempt. This time, it looks like we’re going to reach the finish line. It’s just taking longer than I hoped for.”