Washington's D.C. Lottery has rescheduled public consultation meetings in each of the city's eight wards to give the public a platform to voice their concerns and opinions on the introduction of internet gambling.
Buddy Roogow, Executive Director of D.C. Lottery and Charitable Games Board said in a statement: “I look forward to kicking off the community meetings and garnering input from District residents on the most beneficial approach to shaping an iGaming program for the District.
“Our goal is to educate residents, constituents, and stake holders alike on what internet gaming is, what it isn’t, and highlight the potential benefits this new gaming platform may have in the District of Columbia. I want to ensure that residents have the appropriate information they need to make a well informed decision on the impact of internet gaming in the District and in their communities.”
A hearing on the iGaming programme will be rescheduled by D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), reportedly in early December, once the prerequisite public consultations are complete according to the Washington Post.
The hearing will determine how the council proceeds with Evans saying: “It could go either way at this point”.
Public consultations on the introduction of internet gambling will run from October 13 to November 17, 2011.