Both of these bills will now have to go to the full Senate for a vote.

The chairman of the Committee, Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, said mobile gaming is “an attempt to recognize we have a generation of young adults who are used to getting their recreation and communications from the palm of their hand.”

In Nevada casinos, patrons have been able to gamble wirelessly nearly everywhere but their hotel rooms since 2005.

The attorneys who represent the Casino Association of New Jersey said the group supports the proposal because, as the nation’s second-largest gaming jurisdiction, it wants to keep current with trends. The proposal would allow authorized games to be played on approved devices within a casino property.

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