The rising popularity of online gambling since its legalization in New Jersey in 2013 has brought about the surging issue of gambling addiction. On May 25th, 2023, Mila Jasey, the Assembly Deputy Speaker, introduced legislation targeting partnerships between higher learning institutions and sportsbooks. NJ lawmakers advanced the bill on November 20th, 2023.
As the Assembly Higher Education Committee reports, this bill requires colleges and universities participating in sports betting partnerships with a sportsbook operator or intermediary to have a compulsive gambling prevention program. The program must offer educational materials that promote responsible gambling behavior and information on a hotline for students struggling with the issue.