DC Lottery Postpones Online Gambling Forums Due To Vacation

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DC Lottery Postpones Online Gambling Forums Due To Vacation
Online gambling comes in two forms in Washington DC. The first is the federal government form that currently is attempting to prohibit Internet gambling. The second is the DC City Council form that has regulated and authorized online casinos in their jurisdiction.The DC Lottery authorized online casinos last year when the new budget was introduced. When the Council passed the budget with no objections to the revenue from online casinos, the city became the first in the nation to regulate online gambling. Once residents learned of the online gambling, they started to wonder why they did not have a voice in the issue.The Lottery had planned to unveil the new online casino in July with play money games. By September, the Lottery was prepared to start offering real money games to their residents. That plan changed after anti-gambling groups started complaining that residents did not get to voice their opinion.In response, the Lottery set a series of public forums where residents could be educated on the Internet gambling issue. The first of those meetings was set for next week, but on Wednesday the Council postponed the discussion groups. The reason, according to the Lottery was the number of residents that were on vacation.Community lobbying groups felt that if the meetings were going to be held, they should be at a time when all voters had a chance to attend. The Lottery agreed and backed up the start of the forums until mid-September, with the series of meetings concluding in October.That should still leave enough time for the Lottery to launch the online casino by the end of the year. If the casino eventually starts accepting cash play from customers this year, they would become the first jurisdiction in the US to do so.The debate at the public forums figures to be a tough battle between those who are against gambling, and the Lottery, who will be launching the casino. The online gambling is expected to bring millions of dollars into the DC budget each year.While the city, itself, grapples with the issue, analysts have predicted that federal legislation regulating online poker is on the way. Several bills have been proposed in the past couple of months, and the issue could hit the House and Senate floor sometime later this year. August 12, 2011Posted By Terry GoodwinStaff Editor, CasinoGamblingWeb.comSubmit News!