Earlier in the week, Council-member Jack Evans announced that he will be introducing a bill to make sports betting legal in the District of Columbia, D.C.
In a tweet, Evans said that he will introduce the “Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act of 2018” during the Council’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
Council member Jack Evans tweeted, “The main purpose of this legislation is to legalize sports betting in D.C. all while drafting strong regulatory structures that will ensure consumer confidence.”
Through a statement, Evans highlighted the fact that back in May, a 1992 law that banned sports betting was reversed by the Supreme Court, clearing the path for states to start legalizing it.
Just recently Sports betting has been made legal in five states namely, Delaware, Mississippi, West Virginia, New Jersey and Nevada.
In addition to that, back in the previous month, the Hollywood Casino opened in Charlestown, W.V.
In a statement, Evans went on to say, “On this day, we take the initial steps towards apprehending this exhilarating new stream of revenue, rather than depending on District resident dollars to fill the coffers of other jurisdictions.”
The bill which will be referred to the Committee on Finance and Revenue has three co-introducers in the form of Councilmembers Brandon Todd, Vincent Gray, and Mary Cheh.