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Assembly OKs no-shame change to casino self-ban

3-20-14

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Assembly approved a bill Thursday that would let people ban themselves from casino or Internet gambling without having to admit they have a gambling problem.

The state’s voluntary self-exclusion lists permit people to sign up and request that they not be admitted to casinos or allowed to gamble online. But the law currently requires them to attest that they have a gambling problem.

The bill, passed by a 77-0 vote, would let people sign up for the lists without having to admit they are compulsive gamblers.

Donald Weinbaum, head of the state’s Council on Compulsive Gambling, says the change would take away some of the stigma of signing up for the list.

The bill now goes to the state Senate, where a vote has not been scheduled.