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Executive Order #83

Governor James J. Florio

WHEREAS, revenues from legalized gaming are used by the State and by many private non-profit organizations to fund a broad range of services and programs for the citizens of New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, the demand for services and programs currently funded by legalized gaming revenues is likely to continue to increase; and

WHEREAS, the dependence of certain State-funded programs on revenues from legalized gaming raises practical and policy considerations that should be examined periodically on a comprehensive basis to assure that the development of legalized gaming results from conscious policy choices rather than perceived financial necessity; and

WHEREAS, legalized gaming has produced and continues to produce significant benefits for New Jersey's citizens; and

WHEREAS, there are also social and other costs associated with legalized gaming; and

WHEREAS, New Jersey currently sanctions a variety of types of legalized gaming; and

WHEREAS, the initiation of or changes to a specific type of legalized gaming may affect other types of legalized gaming; and

WHEREAS, the use of legalized gaming to produce public revenues is becoming more prevalent in other jurisdictions; and

WHEREAS, the existence and possible expansion of legalized gaming in other jurisdictions will have an effect on legalized gaming in New Jersey; and

WHEREAS, there is a need to study the policies of this State with regard to legalized gaming in order to ensure that the various factors cited above are given proper consideration in the development of legalized gaming policies for the future;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JIM FLORIO, Governor of the State of New Jersey, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and by the Statutes of this State, do hereby ORDER and DIRECT:

1. There is hereby created a Legalized Gaming Policy Study Commission, hereinafter referred to as the Commission.

2. The Commission shall consist of thirteen members appointed as follows: four public members appointed by the Governor; one member of the Casino Control Commission appointed by the Governor; two members of the Senate (no more than one of whom shall be of the same political party) and one public member appointed by the President of the Senate; two members of the General Assembly (no more than one of whom shall be of the same political party) and one public member appointed by the Speaker of the General Assembly; the Attorney General or his designee; and the Treasurer or his designee. The Chair and Vice Chair of the Commission shall be appointed by the Governor. All members of the Commission shall serve without compensation.

3. The Commission shall study the policies of this State with regard to legalized gaming and shall make recommendations to help ensure that the various factors cited in the Preamble of this Executive Order, and any other factors deemed relevant by the Commission, are given proper consideration in the development of legalized gaming policies for the future. The Commission shall issue its report and recommendations no later than December 31, 1993.

4. The Commission shall receive staff support from the Department of Treasury and the Department of Law and Public Safety.

5. This Order shall take effect immediately and shall terminate upon the issuance by the Commission of its report and recommendations.

GIVEN, under my hand and seal this
5th day of March in the Year of Our
Lord, one thousand nine hundred and
ninety-three, and of the Independence
of the United States, the two hundred
and seventeenth

/s/ James J. Florio
GOVERNOR

Attest:

/s/ M. Robert DeCotiis
Chief Counsel to the Governor

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