A new bill in Brazil’s lower house looks to authorise up to 32 IRs nationwide, while an increasing number of politicians are voicing their support for casino legalisation.
A new bill in the Chamber of Deputies which looked to authorise up to 32 casinos in resorts across the country has been linked with the lower house’s existing gambling legislation.
Authored by deputy Paulo Azi, PL 530/19, has been put on the same legislative track as PL 442/91 which has been waiting for a vote by a plenary of the house since August 2016.
“The vast majority of the population is in favour [of the legalisation of casinos], because they know that it will generate employment …along with revenue for the public coffers,” Azi affirmed.
The bill caps casino numbers depending on the population of each state. Only one casino will be permitted for states with a population of 15 million or less.
States with populations between 15 million and 25 million will be allowed to have two while those states with a population over 25 million will be allowed three.
“Both bills now are part of the same legislative process. As such, the rapporteur will have to present a single report suggesting the approval or rejection of each bill, or proposing a substitutive bill to replace all others,” explained Luiz Felipe Maia, founding partner at FYMSA Advogados.
“I believe the next step now is the definition of a new rapporteur to present this report, before it can be voted in the plenary.
“The Speaker of the Chamber has spoken several times in favour of approving only resort casinos, however there is a lot of resistance from other political groups that support a more comprehensive opening of the gaming market.”
Speaking to the media, Rodrigo Maia, president of the Chamber of Deputies, expressed his support for the idea of legalising casinos separately to bingo and slot parlours.
“We’ll discuss it, some politicians ask for bingos and machines outside the casinos. But we want to present the casino [bill],” he stated. “It’s easier to control gambling within resorts, it would generate employment …and raise $5.3bn in revenue.”
There is an increasing legislative push for casino legalisation in the country, with a number of politicians getting behind the idea.
The new governor of Rio de Janeiro, Wilson Witzel, recently declared his intention to push for casino legislation for the state as part of plans to resolve the its mounting budget deficit.
“We are committed to passing legislation that will allow for the installation of casinos in the state of Rio de Janeiro. We also have the space to host casinos and there are opportunities for it,” Witzel stated, speaking during the inauguration of the state’s new attorney general, Marcelo Lopes.
Witzel is not the only politician in Rio de Janeiro calling for casino legalisation, the mayor of the state’s eponymous capital has also lent his voice to the debate, and has called on the federal government to take action.
“We want the new president, Jair Bolsonaro’s help to approve a superlicence so we can have a casino,” said Rio’s mayor, Marcelo Crivella. “I received a visit from Sheldon Adelson, president of Las Vegas Sands, and he is very interested in investing $10bn and generating 50,000 jobs [with a casino resort development].”