Legal Framework for Gambling will be taken to the Chamber Plenary only in March
Chamber president, Arthur Lira. Photo: Luis Macedo / Chamber of Deputies

The project that establishes the Legal Framework for Games in Brazil should be sent for discussion in the plenary of the Chamber of Deputies, only next month. The definition took place after an agreement between the evangelical base, president Arthur Lira (PP-AL) and rapporteur Felipe Carreras (PSB-PE).

The proposal rapporteur intends to meet the agreed deadline for submitting his report. Congressman Felipe Carreras is confident in the approval of the Legal Framework for the Games, as the urgency request received 293 favorable votes. “Today I see an even greater sympathy with the media announcing the project”, he told Congress in Focus.

According to the current project, the players’ accession will take place via public registration, so that the government can recognize the amounts of the bets to avoid irregularities and limit the access of people with gambling problems.

In an article published on Thursday, 17th, Congresso em Foco detailed the progress of the bill in the Chamber of Deputies. Check out the text below!

Chamber to resume discussion on legalization of gambling in March

Moving on an urgent basis in the Chamber, the Legal Framework for the Games will only be taken to the plenary in March, after an agreement between the Evangelical Parliamentary Front, President Arthur Lira (PP-AL) and Rapporteur Felipe Carreras (PSB-PE) . The evangelical wing tries to use the time that remains to articulate the rejection of the project.

According to the leader of the Evangelical Parliamentary Front, deputy Sóstenes Cavalcante (DEM-RJ), the agreement was based on the understanding that the issue would be too complex to be dealt with in the virtual modality, applied in the Chamber until Carnival. “Whether we win or lose the vote is part of democracy. But voting in the remote system, such a controversial subject, can end up preventing the debate for some colleagues who, in a remote way, are not able to dedicate the same attention to the legislative process”, he declared.

Felipe Carreras says he doesn’t expect to get any support from the evangelical bench in relation to the project, but plans to comply with the agreement, waiting for the end of the month to present the report. The deputy considers that, once in plenary, the project will not have difficulties to be approved. “We already got 293 votes in favor in the vote on the urgency request in December. Today I see an even greater sympathy with the media announcing the project”, he told Congress in Focus.

The evangelical leader’s strategy is to get support from the Catholic Parliamentary Front so that the project is rejected. “We prepared a spreadsheet of 50 parliamentarians to try to talk to each one of them individually and turn those votes. Turning that, we bury this project once and for all”, he explained.

Opposition to the project is a common agenda between the evangelical bench and the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB). In a statement, the entity states that the arguments used by supporters, that the project can help with fundraising and job creation, “do not consider the possibility of associating gambling with money laundering and organized crime”. It also states that the legalization of gambling can increase the problems of gambling addiction, and “calls on the National Congress to reject this project and any other initiative that seeks to regulate gambling in Brazil”.

The project already presents some mechanisms to try to solve the problems mentioned. According to the text, the participation of players in betting will take place through a public register, in order to allow the government to identify the values ​​​​of the bets to prevent money laundering and restrict the access of people identified as addicts. It is also planned to use part of the revenue obtained from the games for health programs aimed at combating gambling.