WASHINGTON -- Sports betting will be coming to D.C., per a final vote by D.C. City Council on Tuesday to pass legislation on it.
“We’re venturing in a new territory with sports gaming. I’m very excited that the District will be out of the box with this,” said Council member Evans, who was a sponsor of the bill.
The bill legalized online and in-person sports gambling.
Revenue generated from the bill would go towards anti-violence programs and early childhood development programs, Evans said.
Council member McDuffie introduced an amendment Tuesday that would create requirements to allow small and minority-owned businesses get involved in sports betting. This includes a sports wagering development program, which establishes training and reporting requirements, as well as creates a discounted fee for licensing for small and minority owned businesses. It passed unanimously.
However, on the bill as a whole, Council member Grosso explained that he had “philosophical” objections and argued that low-income neighborhoods are more likely to gamble and could become addicted.
“Think considerably about the impact on the very people we should be giving opportunities to,” he said Tuesday.
The bill passed 11-2, with Council members Grosso and Nadeau dissenting, following their previous voting pattern.
It now goes to Mayor Bowser for her signature and then to the U.S. Senate for a 30-day review period.