Still no agreement on NJ casino expansion referendum bills

New Jersey lawmakers still cannot agree on how to ask voters whether to allow two new casinos in the northern part of the state.

Senate and Assembly committees each amended their respective bills Monday. But significant differences remain between the two, including who is eligible to build the new casinos and how the new tax revenue they generate would be divvied up.

A Senate committee required that a company which gets a license for one of the new casinos must complete it within a certain time frame. But an Assembly committee added money for municipalities and counties that house the new casinos and changed its tax allocation formula.

The two bills must be reconciled, or the Legislature must choose one to put before voters.

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