Proposal that regulates betting games will be debated in the Chamber plenary this week
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With the end of the parliamentary recess, the bill PL 442/91, which provides for the regulation of gambling in Brazil, emerges as one of the most important agendas. The tendency is for the text to be debated this week or until the end of February.

According to the president of the Chamber, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), the sessions continue in remote format until Carnival. Lira said that when the report is properly structured, it will go up for discussion.

Gambling are on one of those agendas from the last session and as soon as the text is really well solidified by the rapporteur, it could be in the Plenary next week or even in February. It can be voted on, to avoid highlights, modifications or to improve. The rapporteur can still do that,” he said at a press conference.

“We made an agreement and exhausting the discussion to vote at the beginning of this year. At the beginning of this year we already fulfilled the commitment to vote on the matter of agricultural pesticides and other matters. entered [the agenda], the opinion was read and the discussion was closed and there was an agreement to take it to a vote at the beginning of the year, you can enter at any time [in a vote]. It is already on the agenda”, added Lira.

It should be noted that the request for an urgency regime for the project that releases of gambling in Brazil was approved at the end of last year. At the time, the project received 293 votes in favour, 138 against and 11 abstention.

Proposal aims to provide security for the gambling industry in Brazil

The president of the Chamber of Deputies created a working group to evaluate the agenda in the second half of last year. The proposal establishes the release of several types of gambling, such as casinos integrated in resorts, bingo, horse racing, online betting, animal game and video bingos.

The project also intends to provide security for the national industry in order to combat irregularities, such as money laundering and promote actions that encourage responsible gambling.

According to the Diário de Pernambuco, defenders of the cause are confident that if President Jair Bolsonaro vetoes the project, the decision will be reversed in Congress. “This matter is an initiative of the Legislature. The result of the vote (which approved the urgent request for the text to go to the plenary) is indicative of the will of the House”, said deputy Bacelar (Podes-BA) to Veja Magazine.

The position of the Chief Minister of the Civil House, Ciro Nogueira, regarding the regularization of gambling in Brazil is one of the most awaited. Support for the project is based on the creation of jobs and the growth of the tourism sector through the creation of integrated casinos.

However, the evangelical bench is publicly against the agenda. “The president publicly says he is against it, but I believe he will not intervene in the parliament’s decision. The environment is favorable, now with Minister Ciro Nogueira aligned with the presidency. He [Nogueira] has already shown interest in favor of legalization. It may be that in an internal order with the president, he will get approval,” a source told Veja Magazine.

Project rapporteur calculates that 1.3 million jobs will be created

Rapporteur of the bill, Deputy Felipe Carreras (PSB-PE), insists on valuing the 700 thousand jobs that should be generated in the short term with the release of betting games. But, Carreras points out that this number could reach up to 1.3 million jobs.

“It is clear that the country needs investments, which not only attract players, but international fairs that take place in these integrated resorts, which are already born with convention centers, shopping malls, something that attracts tourists. Today, Brazil is out of this script,” said the deputy.

Carreras concluded: “The approval of this theme will serve to place Brazil in the hall of the great countries that have licenses for gambling. If you look at the G20, only two countries do not have these activities regulated: Indonesia and Brazil. Even Saudi Arabia has already authorized it. There is something wrong in Brazil”.