THIRD GAMING SUMMIT SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY

Democratic lawmakers will convene Wednesday at Monmouth Park for the third meeting of the legislative gaming summit called by Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver to examine the recommendations of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Gaming, Sports and Entertainment.

The hearing, to be held in the Turf Club of Monmouth Park Racetrack, will provide lawmakers with an opportunity to solicit input from stakeholders and the public on the issue of horse racing.

The meeting is the last of three fact-finding sessions which bring together lawmakers, industry leaders and policy experts to publicly examine the recommendations of the Governor’s advisory commission, which were released in July. The first forum was held last month in Atlantic City and dedicated to discussing the state’s gaming industry. The second forum, dedicated to horse racing, Xanadu and the Sports and Exposition Authority, was held Sept. 10 in the Meadowlands.

Senator Jim Whelan (D-Atlantic) and Assemblyman John Burzichelli (D-Gloucester) are leading the discussions. In addition to the co-chairs, the Senate President and the Assembly Speaker, lawmakers participating in the talks include Senators Raymond J. Lesniak (D-Union), Paul Sarlo (D-Bergen/Essex/Passaic) and Jeff Van Drew (D-Cape May/Atlantic/Cumberland) and Assembly members Ralph Caputo (D-Essex), Matthew W. Milam (D-Cumberland/Atlantic/Cape May) and Connie Wagner (D-Bergen).

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