Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Community Ward Meetings announced!

This week, the DC government is launching "community meetings" to gather input from citizens in DC.  Please come out and show your support. 

Officials with the DC Lottery, which is implementing the new gaming sites, are holding community meetings in each of the city’s eight wards over the next two months to address concerns over online gaming.  The first one is this Thursday, October 13th!

This is an opportunity to hear the real story behind how the games will be implemented and regulated, in addition to how it will be made available to all of us who would like to participate and play.

Let me know if you would like me to send you some information on DC's effort to implement online poker.  I testified before the DC City Council in June on Online Poker's merits and how much fun it is to be able to play online poker for low-stakes. 

It would be great if you could come out and attend some of these meetings.  Let me know if you would like to by posting in the comments or emailing me directly!

Here is the full schedule of community meetings:
CHECK HERE FOR UP-TO-DATE INFO: http://dclottery.com/AboutUs/iGaminginfo.aspx
  • October 13: Ward 5, Lamond Riggs Library, 5401 South Dakota Avenue NE, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • October 17: Ward 4, Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave., NW, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • October 18: Ward 7, IDEA Public Charter School, 1027 45th Street NE, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • November 1: Ward 1, Marie Reed Learning Center, 2200 Champlain Street NW, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • November 10: Ward 3, Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • November 15: Ward 2, Jelleff Recreation Center, 3265 S Street NW, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • November 17: Ward 8, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • November 21: Ward 6, Eastern Market, North Hall, 225 7th St. SE, 6:30pm
Before you go to your meeting, you'll likely want to read a copy of the proposed rules for the program; if you can't make it to a meeting, there are ways to make sure your comments are heard.

Some recent news articles and a video about the initiative.
Video from a charity event on Capitol Hill

Washington Post/AP - June 29
Washington Times - June 29
Observer - Aug 16
Washington Post - Sept 19
New York Times - Oct 8

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