Foto: Roque de Sá/Agência Senado

The Senate’s Constitution and Justice Committee (CCJ) scheduled a crucial vote for next Wednesday (12): Bill (PL) 2,234/2022, which authorizes the operation of casinos and bingos in Brazil.

The meeting, scheduled for 10 am, will include 17 items on the agenda, including this proposal that could transform the entertainment industry in the country.

PL 2,234/2022: opening of casinos and bingos

PL 2,234/2022, favorably reported by Senator Irajá (PSD-TO), will allow the installation of casinos in tourist centers and integrated leisure complexes.

These venues may include luxury hotels, restaurants, bars, and spaces for cultural events and meetings. The approval of this project could have a major economic impact, stimulating tourism and generating jobs.

However, the vote was postponed last week.

The text, approved at the beginning of 2022 in the Chamber of Deputies, divides opinions in the Senate. This is because the proposal faces resistance from the evangelical bench and conservative groups.

Therefore, a collective review request was granted. The president of the CCJ, Davi Alcolumbre accepted the request: “As agreed with the members of the commission, this presidency grants a collective view following the regulatory terms”.

The report was presented by Senator Irajá (PSD-TO) on April 24th and went through a public hearing on May 9th. The following week, senator Eduardo Girão recorded a separate vote against the project.

The president of the Commission stated that the proposal will be voted on before the parliamentary recess, in July. Therefore, there is a possibility that this will happen this Wednesday.

PEC 65/2023: transformation of the Central Bank

In addition to the casino project, another important item on the agenda is the Proposed Amendment to the Constitution (PEC) 65/2023, which aims to transform the Central Bank into a public company.

Currently, the Central Bank is a federal agency linked to the Ministry of Finance. Thus, PEC 65/2023, authored by senator Vanderlan Cardoso (PSD-GO), proposes to give the institution technical, operational, administrative, budgetary and financial autonomy.

Senator Plínio Valério (PSDB-AM) presented a report in favor of the proposal.