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The Senate, under the interim leadership of vice-president Veneziano Vital do Rêgo (MDB-PB), is preparing to vote on a series of significant issues, including the regulation of sports betting and online gambling.

This vote takes place during the absence of the president of the Senate, Rodrigo Pacheco, who is accompanying President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at the 2023 United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 28).

PL vote on betting regulation will take place this Wednesday

The government leader in the Senate, Jaques Wagner (PT-BA), confirmed the continuity of the legislative agenda, emphasizing the importance of moving forward with the planned matters. The vote in the House Plenary will take place this Wednesday, 29.

“It’s maintained. It’s maintained, the Veneziano will play. That’s why I stayed,” declared Wagner, ensuring that voting on the bill that deals with the regulation of sports betting will be one of the priorities.

The regulation of sports betting has been a topic of intense debate in Brazil, with various stakeholders discussing the merits and challenges of legalizing and regulating this sector.

Therefore, the vote represents a crucial step in defining the future of sports betting in the country, with significant implications for the Brazilian economy as a whole.

Opposition will try to pass online casino games

However, the project continues to be criticized by the opposition. This is because the main point of questioning is the insertion of online casinos.

According to a CNN report, the opposition group understands that the proposal could encourage gambling addiction among the population.

Furthermore, the opposition senators intend to maintain the question already presented to the Economic Affairs Committee (CAE) last Wednesday, the 22nd, regarding the inclusion of online games in the bill.

Opposition senators understand that the bill opens up space for ‘online casinos‘. “The issue of virtual games is also a discussion, but this goes to a vote. It will be highlighted and will be voted on”, declared Senator Jorge Kajuru.