D.C. city councilman Jack Evans introduces sports betting bill
September 21, 2018 9:12 AM
by Robert Mann
Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), a District of Columbia city council member, has introduced a bill that would allow sports betting in the nation’s capitol. Evans says he is co-authoring the enabling legislation with Democratic mayor Muriel E. Bowser and Democratic city councilman Phil Mendelson.
Washington, D.C. currently has no casinos but operates its own lottery.
The proposed bill now goes to to the Finance and Revenue Committee, of which Evans is the chairman. The 13-member City Council is charged with making law in D.C. However, laws passed by the Council are subject to Congressional approval.
The District’s chief financial officer, who currently oversees the District’s lottery, would be in charge of the new enterprise that would be taxed at 10 percent of gross revenue. A $50,000 licensing fee is proposed along with the stipulation that athletes, coaches and game officials would be prohibited from placing sports bets.
Tax revenue would be divided in equal parts between early childhood education programs and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. If those programs are fully funded, any surplus dollars would go into the city’s general fund.