Both Houses going through all possibilities to advance process
The past few days have continued with loads of movement in Brazil to get gambling legislation moving at a faster pace. Speaking during Sagse Buenos Aires with Edgar Lenzi, president BetConsult, leading gaming firm in Brazil, messages came and went from cell phones from all over Brazil, asking and referring in a frenzy on how legislators and pressure groups are actively hastening progress to get casinos approved in a matter of weeks.
Lenzi is a leading Brazilian gaming lawyer, whose insight in the gaming industry is at the fore of current events in his country, said to me that “it’s now a matter of weeks”, for the eighth leading world economy to embark on regulated gambling.
There are two gaming legislation projects in progress in Brazil: Bill PL 442/1991 from the House of Representatives, and PLS 186.2014 from the Senate. Lenzi, said that according the Representatives House Speaker, Congressman Rodrigo Maia, “he wishes to include the Gambling Legalization Bill to be voted by the Plenary of the House in November.”
This is different from what happens with Bill 186/2014 (Senate’s Bill), which has to be approved by the CCJ – Constitutional and Justice Commission, before being passed for voting in the Plenary.
Bill 442/1991 is ready to be voted by the Plenary of the House and does not need to wait for discussions from its CCJ or any other commission. All it takes is Speaker Maia to include it for voting anytime.
However, Speaker Maia has made it clear that he favours approval of casinos only. Lenzi, added: “Because of this, he has received several requests of people – especially members of the Parliamentary Front for the Approval of the Regulatory Framework for Gambling in Brazil – interested in full gambling legislation to open the Brazil market (not only casinos), and insists that PL 442/1991 should be voted in Congress plenary without any changes.”
Last Tuesday (NOV 7), governors of 15 Brazilian states went to Brasilia to persuade Speaker Maia to include in PL 442/1991 to be voted as soon as possible, as a way to obtain revenue for Public Security. Maia told the governors that the project will be voted before the end of the year.
Asked about this comment, Lenzi, said: “Now, there are two possibilities that can happen with PL 442/1991: a) Speaker Maia can take to plenary PL 442/1991 as it is now or; b) he can lead changes in the project to provide only for casinos, which will make the process last more, and be at risk of having the Senate bill approved first”. (E-11.13.17)