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The Senate Constitution and Justice Committee (CCJ) will meet this Wednesday (19). The objective is to define Bill 2,234/2022, which authorizes the operation of casinos and bingos in Brazil.

This project, which began to be processed in the Chamber of Deputies in 1991 and reached the Senate in 2022, has not yet reached a consensus for a vote.

The project’s rapporteur, senator Irajá (PSD-TO), presented a new report at last week’s meeting. However, due to differences, the president of the CCJ, senator Davi Alcolumbre (União Brasil-AP), postponed the discussion until this week.

How would the installation of casinos and other games in Brazil work?

PL 2,234/2022 allows the installation of casinos in tourist centers or integrated leisure complexes. Thus, it includes high-end hotels with at least 100 rooms, restaurants, bars and places for cultural events.

Therefore, each state and the Federal District will be able to have a casino, with the exception of São Paulo, which can have up to three. Furthermore, in the states of Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Amazonas and Pará, there may be up to two, considering the population and territory.

In addition, casinos may be installed on maritime vessels (up to ten across the country) and on river ships with at least 50 rooms.

The rules stipulate that river vessels with casinos cannot be anchored in the same location for more than 30 consecutive days.

Project could generate revenue of R$40 billion

According to Senator Irajá, it is estimated that up to R$40 billion will be collected from gaming regulation. If the new legislation is approved, the number of tourists arriving in the country could double in up to eight years.

Irajá reported that the Minister of Finance, Fernando Haddad, supports the project. “They [from the Ministry of Finance] are among the most enthusiastic. I look at the social side of the project, and the Treasury, as is its duty, looks at the economic side. The fundraising will be something fabulous for the country”, he stated.