Government and People
This Initiative, if passed, would legalize dockside and riverboat gambling on and along the Anacostia and/or Potomac Rivers, by amending D.C. Code Title 22, Chapter 15.
Dockside and Riverboat Gambling activities would be approved, licensed, and regulated by the Lottery and Charitable Games Board or any successor agency.
The types of gambling activities permitted by this initiative are defined as games of chance and games of skill. These games may include, but are not limited to, baccarat, bingo, chemin-de-fer, chuck-a-luck, craps, fan-tan, keno, pai-gow, panguingui, poker, roulette, slot machines, twenty-one, wheel of fortune, and video gaming devices.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE ELECTORS OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA That this measure may be cited as the "Dockside and Riverboat Gambling Initiative of 1997."
Section 2. Section 3 of the Law to Legalize Lotteries, Daily Numbers Games and Bingo and Raffles for Charitable Purposes in the District of Columbia, effective March 10, 1981 (D.C. Law 3-172; D.C. Code Section 22-1516 et seq.), is amended as follows :
(a) Sections 22-1516 and 22-1517 are amended to read as follows:
(b) New sections [sic] 22-1519 is added to read as follows:
Sec. 3. Severability.
It any provision of this act or its application to any person or circumstance is held to be invalid, the declaration of invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of the initiative which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this initiative are severable.
Sec. 4. Effective date.
This act shall take effect following approval by the Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Authority as provided in Section 203(a) of the District of Columbia Financial Responsibility and Management Assistance Act of 1995, approved April 17, 1995 (109 Stat. 116; D.C. Code S 47-392.3(a), a 60-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(2) of the District of Columbia Self-Government and Governmental Reorganization Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Code S 1-233(c)(2), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.
The sponsor of the initiative is the DC Committee for Jobs and Economic Development through Riverboat Gambling, 774 Congress Street, SE, Washington, DC 20032. Treasurer: Diane Adams, 4020 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC, 202-726-1973. Chair and Initiative Proposer: Cortez Fletcher, Jr., 774 Congress Street, SE, Washington, DC 202-561-7166.
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