The rapporteur of the betting regulation bill, Angelo Coronel (PSD-BA), guaranteed that the vote will take place in the Senate Plenary this Wednesday, 29.
The senator stated that he was optimistic about the result, taking into account the Federal Government’s expectation of expanding revenue sources next year.
“It will be a loose vote. Congress, especially the Senate, knows the importance of generating new alternative sources of resources for the Union”, declared the senator.
According to the Ministry of Finance, the proposal could generate between R$2 billion and R$6 billion for public coffers in 2024. After all, the project proposes taxation for both operators and bettors.
The agenda was approved by the Chamber of Deputies in September this year. Furthermore, deputies approved the inclusion of online casino games.
“We cannot let hypocrisy prosper. We need to work to approve it because no one is inventing the game, we are regulating the game in a law that has existed since 2018”, he argued.
Betting regulation should face opposition in the Senate
However, the project that provides for the regulation of betting is likely to face resistance led by the opposition.
Senator Eduardo Girão (Novo-CE), speaking in the Plenary this Tuesday, 28, criticized the project.
According to the parliamentarian, the text also underwent changes that distorted the initial proposal. He cited the inclusion of “tortoises” that make online casinos viable, for example.
“Why leave it to the last minute in 2023? We have to hold several public hearings, we have to listen to experts”, declared Girão, adding “We have a moral obligation, as senators, to protect the Brazilian population”.
According to Girão, senators need to analyze the seriousness of the matter and highlighted the importance of protecting “sports heritage”, such as football.
“Do you know who will lose? The football club. The first person who stops paying is the fan member, because he went bankrupt”, he concluded.