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DC Internet Gambling Public Hearing Announced by Finance & Revenue Committee

Thu., Jan. 26 (10am): A public hearing on internet gambling as been announced by the city council’s finance committee chairman, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, to be held in Room 412 of the Wilson Building , January 25 at 10:00am in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW). The hearing will continue until all witnesses have testified or 1:00 p.m. when it will recess until resuming at 6:00 p.m. as to ensure that working residents interested in testifying will have an opportunity to do so.

With this hearing which follows Chairman Evans’ initial, more informal June 29th public oversight roundtable on the matter, the committee is providing another opportunity for the DC Lottery and Charitable Games Control Board to provide an update on the series of community meetings it held in the fall of 2011, as well as its on-going implementation internet gambling for the District. The original legal authority for this program was included in Title VII, Subtitle G, “Lottery Modernization Act of Bill 18-1100,” of the “Fiscal Year 2011 Supplemental Budget Support Act of 2010,” which is now DC Law 18-370.

Also to be discussed at the hearing will be Bill 19-474, the “Lottery Amendment Repeal Act of 2011,” which would amend the law to “Legalize Lotteries, Daily Numbers Games, and Bingo and Raffles for Charitable Purposes” (DC Law 3-172) by eliminating the authorization for on-line gambling. (The InTowner addressed this highly controversial provision in an editorial last August, see From the Publisher’s Desk, “Online Gambling Parlors About to Sneak Into Our Neighborhoods”; available in our website’s archive of editorials at http://tinyurl.com/6mch7y3.

Members of the public wishing to testify should contact the finance Committee’s assistant, Sarina Loy, at (202) 724-8058 or by email at sloy@dccouncil.us, and provide name and organizational affiliation (if any) no later than 10 a.m on Wednesday, January 25. Witnesses may specify whether they would like to testify at during the morning portion or the evening portion. Witnesses should bring 15 copies of their written testimony to the hearing.

The Committee allows individuals 3 minutes to provide oral testimony in order to permit each witness an opportunity to be heard. Additional written statements are encouraged and will be made part of the official record. Written statements may be submitted by e-mail to sloy@dccouncil.us or mailed to: Council of the District of Columbia, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 114, Washington, DC 20004.