ATLANTIC CITY - A public hearing on one of two competing plans to ask voters whether to authorize two new casinos in northern New Jersey will be held Jan. 7.

A state Assembly committee will hold the hearing in Trenton on a proposed referendum on expanding casino gambling beyond Atlantic City.

Both houses of the state Legislature have thus far been unable to agree on a measure.

The Senate's version, which had a public hearing Dec. 21, would require both of the new casinos to be owned by an existing Atlantic City casino operator; the Assembly version only applies that requirement to one of the new licenses.

Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto says no agreement has yet been reached on which version to put before voters.