Senate OKs bill giving drug court graduates job opportunity

December 19, 2018

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — A bill that would allow people with certain drug convictions to qualify for a casino employee license if they complete drug court has passed the New Jersey Senate with overwhelming support.

Republican Sen. Chris Brown and Democratic Sen. Jeff Van Drew have spearheaded efforts to make people recovering from addiction eligible to work in casinos such as those in Atlantic City.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that current state law mandates that anyone convicted of certain drug offenses be ineligible for a casino key employee license, which is needed to work in casinos.

Advocates argue that people who succeed in drug recovery programs should be able to get a second chance to work in casinos.

The bill now heads to the state Assembly for further consideration.

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