Foto: Saulo Cruz/Agência Senado

The Public Security Commission (CSP) decided to hold a public hearing. The objective is to debate the impacts of releasing casinos on public safety.

The initiative arose from a request by senator Eduardo Girão (Novo-CE), who opposes the bill (PL 2,234/2022).

In the application (REQ 28/2024), Girão argues that the release of games could increase crimes such as money laundering and tax evasion. Parliamentarians in favor of the project often cite the incentive to tourism as a benefit, but Girão disagrees.

“There is a vast possibility that gambling attracts a type of disqualified tourism that Brazil does not need. Games encourage countless questions that lead us to believe that there is a pressing need for a broader debate with society”, stated the senator in the document.

Girão and other senators defended in the Plenary, on the penultimate Tuesday (14), the holding of more public hearings on the topic in other committees.

The Constitution and Justice Commission (CCJ) will vote on PL 2,234/2022 before taking it to the Plenary. Therefore, the expectation is that the agenda will be analyzed by the CCJ at the beginning of June. Senator Irajá is the project’s rapporteur and has already voted in favor.

Postponements of other agendas besides the release of casinos

During the meeting, senator Jorge Kajuru (PSB-GO), who presided over the session, removed PL 1,482/2023, from the Chamber of Deputies, from the agenda. This project establishes the National Policy for Promoting the Culture of Peace in Schools.

Furthermore, it includes the creation of prevention and crisis management protocols for different types of violence, such as bullying.

While the analysis of PL 3,673/2021, by senator Wellington Fagundes (PL-MT), which proposes to waive the confession of the person being investigated in order to reach an agreement on non-criminal prosecution, was also postponed. The request came from rapporteur Flávio Bolsonaro (PL-RJ).