Friday, December 30, 2011

Internet gambling repeal hearing Jan. 26

The District's Committee on Finance and Revenue, which has oversight over the D.C. Lottery, will hold a hearing Jan. 26 on a bill to repeal the Internet gambling law. 
The public is allowed to testify at these hearings. Details are below. You have until Jan. 25th to sign-up, although it's recommended that you do it earlier. 
If you can't testify in person, you can nonetheless submit a written statement to the committee. 
This is the first public hearing to be held on Internet gambling. The District approved its Internet gambling measure in Dec. 2010 as a budget rider. The law was approved without public hearing or committee review. 
This law is not the result of a sudden revenue-raising brainstorm by its proponents, but was part of a calculated effort to keep the public in the dark for as long as possible about the District's plans to introduce Internet gambling. District officials had been in talks for many, many months -- if not more than a year -- with its lottery contractor about the plan to create mini-casinos in neighborhoods as well as allow Internet gambling from home. 
This is the hearing notice
Council of the District of Columbia
Committee on Finance and Revenue
Notice of Public Hearing
John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20004
The Matter of i-gaming
Bill 19-474, the “Lottery Amendment Repeal Act of 2011”
Thursday, January 26, 2012
10:00 a.m. until end or 1:00 p.m. recess, resuming at 6:00 p.m.
Room 412 - John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW; Washington, D.C. 20004
Councilmember Jack Evans, Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Revenue, announces a public hearing to be held on Thursday, January 25, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The hearing will continue until all witnesses have testified or 1:00 p.m. and will recess. The hearing will resume at 6:00 p.m.
As a follow up to the June 29, 2011 Public Oversight Roundtable on the matter of i-gaming, 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 held in the fall of 2011, as well as implementation efforts of i-gaming in the District of Columbia. This measure was included in Title VII, Subtitle G. Lottery Modernization Act of Bill 18-1100, the “Fiscal Year 2011 Supplemental Budget Support Act of 2010,” which is now Law 18-370.
Bill 19-474, the “Lottery Amendment Repeal Act of 2011” would amend the Law to legalize Lotteries, Daily Numbers Games, and Bingo and Raffles for Charitable Purposes (DC Law 3-172) to eliminate online gambling.
The Committee invites the public to testify at the hearing. Those who wish to testify should contact Sarina Loy, Committee Assistant at (202) 724-8058 or, and provide your name, organizational affiliation (if any), and title with the organization by 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Witnesses may specify whether they would like to testify at the 10:00 a.m. portion or the 6:00 p.m. 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 or mailed to: Council of the District of Columbia; 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.; Suite 114; Washington D.C. 20004.