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Washington DC sports betting proposal retains momentum

During a committee hearing Wednesday by the Washington DC Council to consider the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018, proposer and council member Jack Evans reiterated that he had the necessary political support for his measure, and that legalised sports betting will benefit the city-state.

“Sports betting is going to happen across the country, I would imagine in over 40 states,” Evans said. “I want legalized sports betting in the District ahead of Virginia and Maryland, before their legislatures convene in January.”

Washington DC would become the ninth US state to legalise sports betting following the strike down of PASPA in May this year by the US Supreme Court.

Evans claimed that five of those states have already begun seeing more tax revenue from sports betting.

The Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018 seeks to legalise in-person and online sports bets and levy a 10 percent tax on gross gaming revenue.

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