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D.C. Postpones Online Gambling Forum

12 August 2011 by admin

DC_locator_map_with_state_names_w_usmapThe launch of online gambling regulation in the District of Columbia has been pushed back again. On Thursday, the D.C. Lottery announced that the public forums will be rescheduled to start in the middle of September. Previously they were going to start on August 16, ending on September 14.

Members of the community want a chance to let their voices be heard on the online gambling regulation. The law was passed as part of a supplemental budget bill and wasn’t noticed by most people until after it was signed into law. The D.C. Council then agreed to hold a public forum on the issue to get it out in the open, share the plan with the public, and get feedback. However, according to the council, some of the residents didn’t want the forums to be held during the summer, when many people are gone on vacation. The district council then agreed to postpone them so they will start in the middle of September and run into October.

Once the regulation is launched, Washington, D.C. will be the first government in America to regulate the industry. The regulation is not without its challenges, though. One district councilmember, Tommy Wells, has already proposed repealing the bill. Many are concerned about the gambling “hot-spots,” the physical locations where players will have to be, at least in the beginning, to access D.C.’s online gambling website.

Though the forums will allow a sharing of information and opinions between the district and the residents, it is not expected to change anything. As reported earlier by, D.C. Lottery Director Buddy Roogow has said that since it is the law, “lacking other direction, we’re still moving forward in what we hope is the most responsible way.”

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