New Jersey lawmakers approved a flurry of last-minute legislation Monday that took the state one step closer to sports betting, made it easier for developers to build in environmentally sensitive areas and ended the 72-hour waiting period for couples looking to get married.

Lawmakers worked late into the evening, as they raced to consider 180 bills up for final vote in both the Senate and Assembly.

Some of the bills were put on hold by lawmakers while one that would have boosted the amount the Atlantic City Race Course received from the state died when the state Assembly adjourned after 11 p.m. without considering a Senate-approved version.

Marriage waiting period: Approved

The Assembly passed the bill by a 46-23 vote, while the Senate approved it 21-13.

The bill would eliminate the state's three-day waiting period.

Casinos and tourism officials have eyed the bill as a way to increase marriage business. The proposal would give New Jersey an edge over some of its competitor states. People have to wait 24 hours to get married in New York and Delaware, and 72 hours in Pennsylvania.

Casino officials said they hoped it would attract more people to the state, and the resort's casinos, to get married. Current state law requires wedding applicants who want weekend beachfront nuptials to file in person on Tuesday, a problem for out-of-state visitors.

But in case the quickie weddings cause next-morning regrets, the bill also would allow either bride or groom to get the wedding annulled within 30 days.

How your local lawmakers voted:

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1st): No

Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano (D-1st): Abstained

Assemblyman Matthew W. Milam (D-1st): Yes

State Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2nd): Yes

Assemblyman John F. Amodeo (R-2nd): Yes

Assemblyman Vincent J. Polistina (R-2nd): Yes

State Sen. Christopher J. Connors (R-9th): No

Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf (R-9th): No

Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (R-9th): No

Horse racing pilot program: Approved

The Assembly passed the bill by a 73-0 vote, while the Senate approved it 34-2.

A limited number of bars and restaurants in the northern half of the state would be allowed to install electronic horseracing wagering terminals, allowing the state to license as many as four places for off-track wagering.

The goal is for the New Jersey Racing Commission to develop rules and regulations for as many as 60 licenses in the future. Facilities that get the right to use the terminals will have to pay a 1 percent local impact fee of the machine's gross revenue that will go to the local municipality, fund horse racing purses, prevent underage gambling, provide for regulation or whatever the commission deems necessary.

How your local lawmakers voted:

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1st): Yes

Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano (D-1st): Yes

Assemblyman Matthew W. Milam (D-1st): Yes

State Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2nd): Yes

Assemblyman John F. Amodeo (R-2nd): Yes

Assemblyman Vincent J. Polistina (R-2nd): Yes

State Sen. Christopher J. Connors (R-9th): Yes

Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf (R-9th): Yes

Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (R-9th): Yes

Wine sales: Approved

The Assembly passed the bill by a 51-18 vote, while the Senate approved it 24-9.

The bill would allow small in-state wineries that produce no more than 250,000 gallons of wine per year to directly ship a limited amount of wine to customers - 12 cases, each containing no more than 9 liters of wine.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit previously shot down laws that blocked out-of-state wineries from direct shipments while allowing New Jersey wineries to sell direct to the consumer.

Consequently, until state legislators changed the law, the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control stopped issuing licenses, and 15 wineries seeking licenses have been essentially banned from selling their product.

In South Jersey, the list includes Southwind Vineyard in Bridgeton, Cumberland County; Salem Oak Vineyards in Oldmans Township, Salem County; and Summit City Farms in Glassboro and Villari Vineyards in Washington Township, Gloucester County.

How your lawmakers voted:

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1st): Yes

Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano (D-1st): Yes

Assemblyman Matthew W. Milam (D-1st): Yes

State Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2nd): Yes

Assemblyman John F. Amodeo (R-2nd): No

Assemblyman Vincent J. Polistina (R-2nd): No

State Sen. Christopher J. Connors (R-9th): No

Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf (R-9th): Did not vote

Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (R-9th): Yes

Casino Control Commission

The Assembly passed the bill by a 75-0 vote, while the Senate approved it 39-0 on June 29.

The bill would reduce the Casino Control Commission from five to three members.

The reduction would save as much as $340,000, Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, said in June when the bill cleared the Senate. Casinos pay the costs of their regulators.

The long-talked-about move to streamline the commission came after the state casino regulatory system went through a comprehensive reorganization earlier this year.

How your local lawmakers voted:

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1st): Yes

Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano (D-1st): Yes

Assemblyman Matthew W. Milam (D-1st): Yes

State Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2nd): Yes

Assemblyman John F. Amodeo (R-2nd): Yes

Assemblyman Vincent J. Polistina (R-2nd): Yes

State Sen. Christopher J. Connors (R-9th): Yes

Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf (R-9th): Yes

Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (R-9th): Yes

Beach bars: Approved

The Assembly passed the bill by a 73-0 vote, while the Senate approved it 37-0.

The bill would exempt beach bars, amusement parks and carnival amusement rides from state noise restrictions between May 15 and Oct.15, assuming the rides are properly lubricated and maintained. 

How your local lawmakers voted:

State Sen. Jeff Van Drew (D-1st): Yes

Assemblyman Nelson T. Albano (D-1st): Yes

Assemblyman Matthew W. Milam (D-1st): Yes

State Sen. Jim Whelan (D-2nd): Yes

Assemblyman John F. Amodeo (R-2nd): Yes

Assemblyman Vincent J. Polistina (R-2nd): Yes

State Sen. Christopher J. Connors (R-9th): Yes

Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf (R-9th): Did not vote

Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (R-9th): Yes

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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