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Internet Gambling Repeal Before D.C. Council Committee Today

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The future of Internet gambling in the District faces a crucial test today as a D.C. Council committee votes on an amendment repealing iGaming.

It looks like the bill has enough votes to make it out of today's markup hearing at the Finance and Revenue committee, which means the full council should get a chance to take an up-or-down vote on iGaming. The program, which once looked like a sure bet, is now facing much longer odds.

At a heated council hearing last week, members appeared stunned to find out they had voted to approve iGaming when they signed off on a 2009 lottery contract with an outside vendor. The contract didn't explicitly spell out Internet gaming but it included options for "non-traditional gaming."

The iGaming option was exercised in late 2010 when Council member Michael Brown added language to the city's budget bill authorizing the program without a public hearing. But now it appears council members will get the opportunity to take a standalone vote on iGaming.

A spokesperson for Mayor Vincent Gray says the mayor supports the repeal of iGaming.

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