Washington  –
The District of Columbia is preparing to move forward with a plan to legalize
online gambling, following the expiration of a 30-day waiting period when
Congress could have blocked the measure.

Mayor Vincent Gray signed the plan
into law in January as part of the city’s 2011 budget.

The Washington Post
reported that city officials are now planning to set up as many as 30 online
gambling "hot spots" in locations like hotels and bars across D.C. by
Sept. 1, making the city the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet

Congress, however, may still intervene on the project, which is seen
as a way to generated much-needed revenue for the District.

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(Washington Post)