Senate voting on PLS 186/2014 is postponed owing to amendments
The best news to report is that there might be a vote in the next Senate’s CCJ (Constitutional and Justice Commission) session on December 6th, on the PLS 186/2014 – The Senate’s Bill, as voting of last Wednesday’s session was postponed.
However, in this instance postponement was due to biil author, Senator Benedito de Lira’s request to include changes on the text, which he considers necessary.
The President of the CCJ – Senator Edison Lobão accepted de Lira’s request and rescheduled the vote for next Wednesday, December 6th. During this week, three new amendments were proposed to the bill, two by Senator Roberto Rocha and one by Senator Lindbergh Farias.
Edgar Lenzi, president BeConsult, reported that Amendment 75 (by Senator Rocha) is the following:
Article 23: Sole paragraph, “The accreditation shall expire, if the activity is not fully exploited, within the period defined in the notice.”
Art.30 … Paragraph 2. “Granting of accreditation for the exploration of casinos shall preferably be made by lots that cover the rights over two or more geographical areas, in the form of art. 29, in order to promote the balance of socio-economic development between the regions in the country.”
Paragraph 3. “The lots referred to in art. 29 should encompass geographic areas of greater economic development and areas of lower economic development, of one or more regions.”
Paragraph 4. “The determination of the degree of economic development of a given geographic area provided for in art. 29 should be based on objective criteria, such as socioeconomic indicators of the municipality or region, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), per capita income, Human Development Index (HDI), Gini coefficient, unemployment index or supply of public services, among others that are considered relevant.”
Senator Rocha’s amendment 76 is the following:
Art. 29. Paragraph 3. “The choice of locations referred to in the provisions shall take into account socioeconomic indicators of the municipality or region, such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), per capita income, Human Development Index (HDI), Gini coefficient, unemployment or supply index of public services, among others that are considered relevant, giving priority to less developed areas.
And, at last, amendment 77 by Senator Farias proposes a new taxation rate to be set at 30% for both live and online: Art. 34. Paragraph 2 – “The contribution rate shall be 30% as a result of the exploitation of games of fortune dealt with in this law.”
On the matter of House of Representative bill, PLS 186/2014, there were talks by Congressmen in favour of taking this legislative project in the Plenary, and aiming for the Low House`s Speaker to vote in the Plenary the Bill. Some optimistic Representatives still hope that this will happen in December. (E-12.04.17)