Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells is poised to introduce a bill that would prevent legalized online gambling from coming to the District.
According to Wells, a provision which was slipped into the budget bill late last year by At-large Councilman Michael Brown, failed to get a full public hearing.
Wells will attempt to repeal the controversial provision after the City Council returns from its summer break.
While there have been concerns that online gambling will be supported by people who can least afford to play, D.C. Lottery officials claim the intention is to target tourists amateurs. They also believe online gamblers will have above-average incomes.
So far, lottery officials have delayed plans to implement online gambling.
However, in the event the measure passes, the District would be the first jurisdiction in the country to offer Internet gambling -- which would include online poker, black jack and slot machines.