Sunday, February 12, 2012

Postscript: The 2:17 a.m. bill

Prior to taking the full council vote on repeal of the District's Internet gambling law, the Finance Committee produced a report on the matter.

The report points out that the bill authorizing Internet gambling, approved by the District Council in December, 2010, "was not circulated until 2:17 am the day of the initial vote."

The report goes on to say: "Even if members were aware of the last minute change, it is unlikely that they were able to take the time to fully educate themselves on the issue prior to being asked to cast an initial vote on the measure.  Further, questions were raised as to the advisability of enacting a potentially controversial measure in this manner, which did not allow for residents and other stakeholders to express their views through a formal hearing process."

The legislation allowing Internet gambling was subsequently approved with no debate.

The council last week reversed that decision, voting 10-2 to repeal the law.

(For a PDF version Google Docs, click here)

District of Columbia Finance Committee Report

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