- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 12, 2011

WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia is becoming the first U.S. jurisdiction to allow Internet gambling, moving ahead of traditional gaming meccas like New Jersey and Nevada.

A provision permitting D.C. to offer the gaming within its borders was included in the 2011 budget. A 30-day period for Congress to object to the measure expired last week.

D.C. Councilman Michael A. Brown says he hopes the revenue the district takes in will help offset cuts to social services programs. His office says conservative estimates from D.C.’s chief financial officer indicate the district could bring in $13 million through fiscal year 2014.

The district would be allowed to offer online poker and other games of skill and chance.

Efforts to legalize Internet gambling have stalled elsewhere, including in New Jersey.

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