Washington DC Repeals Online Casino Games Law

03/22/2012
By Tommie ClarkGoogle

Debate over online casino games in Washington DC has come to an end. The Washington DC City Council voted to repeal the law which allowed for regulation of online casino games. The initial law, which was passed over a year ago would have allowed Washington DC to become a USA online casinos provider, the first of its kind.

 

Councilor Michael A. Brown, the sponsor of the bill, attempted to prevent its repeal by offering to present a compromise bill. He was unsuccessful in swaying the other council members.

 

Councilor Jack Evans, warned that as a result of the repeal of the online casino games law, there would now be a more thorough examination of the lottery contract. Council member Tommy Wells said, "I certainly have a lot of questions about the process of selecting the partner in the lottery contract, and that's a conversation I will be having with Mr. Evans." Observers who have watched the debate closely have stated that the real issue was not about the online casino games law but truly about the divisive $38 million lottery contract.

 

In a report completed by D.C. Inspector General Charles J. Willoughby, it was determined that the city's lottery contract with the company Intralot, changed non-traditional games into online casino games without permission of the council. The report also stated that Intralot's DC partner, businessman Emmanuel S. Bailey, did not represent the true nature of his business during the bid for the lottery contract.

 

After the repeal, Councilor Brown pointed out that based on community meetings held last year, DC residents had a positive view of online casino games and seemed interested in becoming the first provider of USA online casinos. He went on to say that any concerns that arose about the lottery contract could have been addressed separately. Other councilors who were in favor of online casino games but voted for the repeal of the law, lamented that the process had been corrupted and should begin anew.

 

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