Friday, January 20, 2012

About the gambling hearing


COUNCIL MEMBER JACK EVANS, CHAIR, COMMITTEE ON FINANCE AND REVENUE’S
PUBLIC HEARING ON: The Matter of i-gaming and 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
Those who wish to testify should contact Sarina Loy, Committee Assistant at (202) 724-8058 or 

Please support the repeal of the DC internet Gambling bill not to be against gambling, but because the Lottery Modernization Amendment Act of 2010 is a bad bill that puts the District of Columbia government and its citizens at high financial exposure and security risk.  The legislative process was bad, and the bill produced by the process is bad, therefore it needs to be repealed now and rewritten as stand-alone legislation that can be thoroughly vetted in an open and fully transparent manner with proper public consideration, comments, hearings and recorded vote by the Council of the District of Columbia and approval/signature of the Mayor. 

·         The District’s potential financial exposure (including hacking and criminality, potential lawsuits, and non-compliance with federal laws, banking regulations and agencies) is greater than the $13 million average in revenue that officials are estimating.

·         The District’s security exposure includes software infiltration and manipulation, and potential mass identity thefts of DC citizens’ social security numbers that are required for player accounts.

·         A bad process: Online/Internet gambling/iGaming including computerized slots legislation was quietly  inserted into the December 2010 budget without public discussion or public hearings, contrary to the principles of open and transparent government.  

·         A bad bill: Internet Gambling in DC can be about whatever the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) says it will be, so it doesn't matter what the CFO or Lottery Director says today, because they can legally do whatever they want tomorrow. 

·         The types of games that can be played include poker, bingo, blackjack, roulette, backgammon, dice, fantasy sports leagues, and slots-like games.

·         Participating bars, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops can operate as neighborhood casinos, potentially until 4AM, within unlimited locations as determined by the CFO, and with no legal public notification requirements.

·         iGambling targets children, young people, and college students with fantasy sports games and easy access to the system through laptops, smart phones, play stations, and ipads. 

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