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Online Gambling Legislation Nixed in D.C.

1 February 2012 by Devon Chappell

If there is any signal that legalizing online gambling in the United States on a federal level is going to be an uphill battle, it would most certainly be the recent turn of events in District of Columbia. At one time appearing to be a shoe-in for regulation, D.C. has lost its bid to become the first in America to offer legalized online poker and casino bets.

Granted, the process of getting legislation passed in D.C. wasn’t necessarily a due process. In fact, two of the three council members who voted to repeal the legislation that would have effectively given the D.C. Lottery a $38 million contract with Greek lottery vendor, Intralot, said it wasn’t so much an objection to online gambling in principle, but rather, an objection to the approval process and lack of transparency thereof.

Indeed, the contract that was made with Intralot was amended at a later date, effectively giving Intralot a greenlight to develop an online casino and poker software platform for D.C. residents. Following a Washington Times report, highlighting several irregularities of how the bill was changed, D.C. Inspector General, Charles Willoughby, was urged to took a closer look at the contract. And while all parties were cleared of illegal wrongdoing, Mr. Willoughby did concede the contractual process was irregular.

Committee on Finance and Revenue Chairman, David Catania, said that considering the “poisoned climate” of the D.C. governmental office and recent guilty plea of former Council seat member, Harry Thomas Jr., it would be a huge mistake to open the floodgates to an industry prone to money laundering and organized criminal activities if placed in the wrong hands given inadequate oversight.

While the original bill’s sponsor, Michael Brown, said he would make a bid to gather six votes needed to repeal the repeal, so to speak, it is very unlikely he will succeed. What’s most likely is that the repeal will be approved by the full council and that neither Washington D.C. nor the federal government for that matter will be passing any definitive legislation to regulate online gambling any time soon.

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