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A drug conviction may no longer be an impossible hurdle to casino employment for many people, if a bipartisan bill passed by an Assembly committee Thursday becomes law.

The measure would allow the state Casino Control Commission to issue a casino employee license and the state Division of Gaming Enforcement to issue a casino employee registration to any applicant who has successfully completed a term of special probation, or recovery court.

Current law states that someone convicted of certain drug offenses is unable to get a casino key employee license, which is needed to work in casinos.

An identical bill passed the full Senate last December.

State Sen. Chris Brown, R-Atlantic, said he developed the original bill after a conversation with Joe Jingoli, a partner in Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, who believes it is Hard Rock’s corporate responsibility to give recovering addicts a second chance.

The Assembly Law and Public Safety committee advanced bill A5817, sponsored by Assemblyman Vincent Mazzeo, D-Atlantic, unanimously and without comment.

The identical bill in the Senate was co-sponsored by Brown and then-Sen. Jeff Van Drew, D-Cape May, Cumberland, Atlantic. Van Drew has since moved on to Congress.

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In my first job after college got paid to read the New York Times and summarize articles for an early online data base. First reporting job was with The Daily Record in Parsippany. I have also worked in nonprofits, and have been with The Press since 1990.

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