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DC Council Votes 10-2 to Repeal Online Gambling



    The D.C. Council has voted 10-2 to repeal the nation's first government-sponsored online gambling program.

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

    Several councilmembers 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.

    The only two councilmembers to vote against repeal Tuesday were Michael A. Brown, who led the push for online gambling, and Marion Barry. Brown plans to introduce a new standalone bill that would allow the District government to offer online poker, blackjack and other games of skill and chance.