The bill that aims to restrict the entire gaming industry in Brazil, including sports betting and casinos, will be updated in the Brazilian Federal Senate. Senator Angelo Coronel ensured that he has the report on the legislation that will be discussed by the full Senate, according to BNL Info.
Coronel said: “Only three countries in the world – Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia – have banned gambling activity and betting. It’s stupid. Brazil is losing billions of dollars, money that the Government could use to fight poverty.”
Project failed to gain momentum
The project, which was discussed during the final legislative session of 2020, failed to gain momentum. For this year’s reintroduction, the legislative piece would have two options: it will either be adopted or it will be discarded before the Chamber of Deputies passes another of the proposed bills.
In comparison to last year’s attempts, the bill’s prospects for 2021 are brighter, as President Jair Bolsonaro named Gilson Machado, the former head of the Brazilian Tourist Board (Embratur), as a substitute for Minister of Tourism Marcelo lvaro Antônio, at the end of 2020.
The new minister has also confirmed his support for casino resort legislation as a way of encouraging international tourism. During a ministerial meeting in April 2020, Machado said, “I’m not talking about legalising gambling, bingos, or slot machines; I only support casino resorts.”
In January 2020, as President of Embratur, he flew to Las Vegas to meet with officials from Las Vegas Sands Corp, as well as Senators Flávio Bolsonaro, Irajá Abreu, and congressman Hélio Lopes.