Projeto que libera cassinos no Brasil está na pauta de hoje de comissão do Senado
Senador Irajá é relator da proposta. Foto: Jefferson Rudy / Agência Senado

This Wednesday (15), the Senate’s Constitution and Justice Committee (CCJ) analyzes the bill that allows the operation of casinos and bingos, legalizes gambling and betting on horse races in Brazil. The proposal is the second item on the agenda.

But the president of the CCJ, Davi Alcolumbre (União-AP) removed the proposal from the day’s agenda. Furthermore, a collective request for a view was already expected. The matter will be taken up again at the next meeting on May 22nd.

The PL rapporteur, senator Irajá (PSD-TO), gave a favorable opinion to the approval of the text that has been processed by the committee for more than a year.

The project was already on the agenda on November 29th last year and last week, but was not analyzed. However, the CCJ held a public hearing last Thursday, the 9th, to discuss the matter.

If approved by the Committee, the proposal will go to the Senate plenary for a vote.

Details of the project to legalize bingos and casinos in Brazil

The proposal authorizes the opening of casinos in Brazil only in tourist centers or integrated leisure complexes, with a limit of one casino in each state and the Federal District.

With the exception of São Paulo, which can have up to three casinos, and Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Amazonas and Pará, which can have up to two casinos.

According to the text, gaming venues will be able to operate on sea and river vessels, such as cruises, which will follow specific rules.

However, the casino will need to prove a minimum paid-up share capital of at least R$100 million and may be accredited for 30 years.

In addition, the project defines standards for bingo in electronic and card format. Each state will be able to accredit one for every 700,000 inhabitants to explore the betting modality. In this case, the authorizations will be valid for 25 years.

While betting on horse races will be operated by tourism entities accredited by the Ministry of Agriculture.

According to the report, Irajá stated that the offense against morals and good customs is an “indeterminate legal concept”, used as an argument against the games. The rapporteur pointed out that “gambling already constitutes a relevant economic activity”.