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“It was not done the right way” – Jack Evans and hypocrisy on the D.C. Council

“It was not done the right way.”

So says Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 1) about the D.C. Council’s inadvertent approval of online gambling, which was slipped into a budget bill by Councilmember Michael Brown (D-At Large).
No, it wasn’t. But Evans doth protest too much. He and Brown used the exact same tactic to weaken the very popular smokefree workplaces law last summer. He did so without a public hearing, without putting it through the committee process.
When we caught up with him at the Wilson Building and urged him to do it the right way, he told us that if he tried to weaken the smokefree law via committee, “you would win.” 

There you have it: A broken process. A hypocritical Councilmember.

A solution is needed to ensure Councilmembers stop thumbing their noses at the public. Perhaps the ballot box is the best one. We need viable candidates to run against incumbents, who currently can pull these kind of shenanigans off without consequences.

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