Mayor of Porto Alegre sanctions law that authorizes creation of municipal lottery
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On Wednesday, the 17th, Mayor Sebastião Melo sanctioned a bill that allows the city to create the public lottery service in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul. The purpose of Law 13,215, approved by the City Council in June, is to increase revenues to improve and reduce expenses related to the public transport system.

After the sanction, the next step involves the elaboration of a decree and a public notice to establish a private partner to operate the municipal lottery, with no date set for publication. The mayor stressed that urban mobility is an issue that needs to be addressed without demagoguery.

“We need to find joint solutions to change the reality of public transport and keep the focus on improving user service. The bus service can no longer be an obstacle for those who already face so many problems of lack of infrastructure in the peripheries”, said Melo.

The municipal secretary of Economic Development and Tourism (SMDET), Vicente Perrone, declared that the management is in favor of all economic activity that results in new jobs and income legally and with regulation at the federal level. “We are going to work on the public notice so that it is competitive and results in resources for public transport”, he added.

Municipal lottery will help fund accessibility and inclusion projects

According to the law, the income from the tickets will be used to fund accessibility and inclusion projects for people with disabilities and the elderly. It also defines that only a regularly constituted company, with headquarters and administration in the national territory, is authorized to operate lottery services.

The city hall, through the Municipal Secretariat for Economic Development and Work (SMDET), directly or through a partnership, concession or permission, will use security systems against tampering or contracting the tickets. The operation of the lottery activity will take place jointly with the State and the Union.