D.C. online gambling bill could see compromise

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. councilmember who pushed for online gambling says he plans to offer a compromise bill to avoid a complete repeal of the program.

Councilmember Michael Brown tells The Washington Times that he doesn't think the council should throw out a law that he says will bring in at least $150 million over the next 10 to 15 years. Brown plans to introduce the bill on Tuesday.

The Finance and Revenue Committee voted last week to send the repeal bill to the full council. A majority of councilmembers have said they support repealing the nation's first government-sponsored online gambling program. The law is on the books but has not been implemented.

The strong backlash on the D.C. Council to the district's online gambling program has little to do with moral opposition to gambling. Instead, councilmembers are upset with the way it became law, saying they didn't realize they had voted to approve it.