Senado coloca em pauta a legalização dos cassinos
Imagem: Agência Senado / Marcos Oliveira

A topic that has generated recurring discussions in both the Chamber of Deputies and the Federal Senate is the legalization of casinos in Brazil. The debate has gained a new chapter and is about to take an important step.

The bill authorizing the operation of casinos, bingos and other games of chance in the country, approved by the Chamber of Deputies in 2022, must finally be voted on in the Senate.

The Senate’s Constitution and Justice Committee (CCJ) is expected to analyze the issue this Wednesday (12).

Casinos and even gambling can be legalized

The proposal is the third item on the agenda for this Wednesday’s meeting, despite resistance from the evangelical bench in Congress. The CCJ work is scheduled to begin at 10 am.

The president of the commission, Davi Alcolumbre (União Brasil-AP), granted a collective view to the collegiate’s senators last week. However, Alcolumbre scheduled the analysis of the matter for this Wednesday.

“According to an agreement with the members of the commission, this presidency grants a collective view following the regulatory terms”, declared the senator at the time.

But what exactly does this project release?

Bill 2,234/2022 allows the installation of casinos in tourist hubs or in integrated leisure complexes such as luxury resorts, restaurants, bars and places for meetings and cultural events.

In November 2023, senator Irajá (PSD-TO) gave a favorable opinion as the project’s rapporteur.

Thus, what is literally at stake is the “exploitation of betting throughout the national territory”. In other words, it is the permission of casinos, bingos, video bingos, online games, Jogo do Bicho and even horse racing.

But, although this change could mark the beginning of a new era for the gaming and betting sector in Brazil, everything is being handled with great caution. It is well known that games can bring new opportunities for business and tourism, but the topic still divides opinions both in the National Congress and in civil society.