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D.C. Council Officially Repeals Online Gambling; New Standalone Bill Expected

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Just as a measure was introduced in the Maryland Senate to allow table games such as blackjack in the state, the full D.C. Council repealed the the nation’s first government-sponsored online gambling program.

The council voted 10-2 in favor of the repeal on Tuesday.

Online gambling was legalized in the nation’s capital last year, but the program was never implemented.

Several councilmembers have raised concerns that language about online gambling was not included in the city’s contract with its lottery vendor. The program was then legalized as part of a budget bill that was approved without public comment.

Council members Marion Barry and Michael A. Brown voted against repealing the bill.

Brown, who led the push for online gambling, plans to introduce a new standalone bill that would allow D.C. government to offer online poker, blackjack and other games.

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