Internet gambling repeal to get initial vote

Council members will get a chance to revisit the city’s gambling proposal. (Astrid Riecken/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has scheduled a Finance and Revenue Committee meeting for Wednesday afternoon to consider a measure that would repeal legislation authorizing the program, which was the subject of a lengthy hearing last week.

Evans has yet to say how he will vote on the repeal bill, but he recently criticized the process by which Internet gambling, aka “iGaming,” was added to the city’s lottery contract and later approved by the council through budget legislation.

The committee includes the program’s lead proponent on the council, Michael A. Brown (I-At Large), as well as one of its most strident critics, David A. Catania (I-At Large). Other members are Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), who wants to see the program move forward, and Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), who recently gave mixed comments to the Washington Times.

If the bill passes the five-member panel, it will go to the full D.C. Council for a pair of decisive votes.

The D.C. Lottery’s executive director, Buddy Roogow, testified last week that the program could be up and running in a month should council members allow it to go forward.

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.


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