The District's push to become the first jurisdiction to allow state-sponsored, online gambling has hit a roadblock, in part because of lack of transparency with the process.
And eight months after the gaming bill was passed, residents are finally getting the chance to weigh in.
The D.C. Lottery says it will hold town hall meetings in each of the city's eight wards over the next two months to address any concerns residents have about the program.
Language authorizing online gaming was slipped into the budget last December without a public hearing. The measure became law earlier this year when Congress didn’t act.
But as details about the program -- how it was passed and what it could mean for neighborhoods -- started to trickle out; some residents expressed concerns about online gaming. The council eventually decided to delay the rollout.
The first community meeting will be with elected neighborhood representatives on August 16. After that, lottery officials will hold meetings in the wards to answer questions from residents.
The full schedule of meetings is listed on the D.C. Lottery website.