Brazilian legal experts unite to guide upcoming gambling regulations

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Posted on: Apr 22, 2022 06:02 am.

Last updated on: April 22, 2022, 06:02 am.

Brazil is still working to determine whether or not it makes sense to expand legal gambling opportunities. A new group of legal experts are hoping they can help clean the air.

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The Brazilian flag watches over the beaches. The country continues to consider legalized gambling, but challenges remain. (Image: Getty Images)

Gambling is a hot topic in Brazil. The Chamber of Deputies approved a bill in February that would allow casinos and other forms of gambling in the country. Since then, however, the effort hasn’t budged. It has been waiting for the senators to decide what to do next.

Perhaps legal experts are coming together across the country to motivate legislators, or at least to help create the regulatory framework for gambling. The Rio de Janeiro Section of the Brazilian Association of State Lawyers (OAB-RJ, for its Portuguese acronym) established the Special Commission on Sports, Lotteries and Entertainment Law.

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The aim is to collaborate with the Federal District Commission of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office of Brazil (OAB-DF) and the Federal Council of the OAB, chaired by lawyer Daniel Homem de Carvalho.

[It] It is important that we are available to provide legal knowledge about the games and to show that it is a clean economic activity with a positive impact on society as it is a source of millions of reais in taxes and hundreds of thousands of jobs“, explained lawyer Daniel Homem de Carvalho.

The President of the OAB-RJ, Luciano Bandeira, has appointed attorney Paulo Horn to head the commission. The former Vice President of the Rio de Janeiro Lottery (Loterj) will lead it until December 31, 2024. Horn is already part of the Special Commission for the Review of Bills Regulating Gaming and Entertainment in Brazil.

Horn served as senior legal advisor, administrative and financial director, and former vice president of the State Lottery of Rio de Janeiro between 2007 and 2019. He also holds a master’s degree in municipal law from the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro. At the same time, a bachelor’s degree in law and social sciences is completed at the Faculty of Law of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

Homem de Carvalho claims that legal gambling will increase the attractiveness of sound investments in Brazil. He points out that the construction alone will create “thousands of jobs”. It will also stimulate the economy around the casino.

Senate still not ready

In anticipation of the Brazilian Senate’s debate on the regulatory framework for gambling, DataSenado, a research institute, extended the deadline for responding to a related survey. The goal is to find out what Brazilians think about the legalization of gambling in Brazil. The survey will be available until May 2nd, having originally been scheduled to close on April 1st.

The poll focuses on Bill 2648/2019, authored by Senator Roberto Rocha. The proposal is currently in the Regional Development and Tourism Committee. However, local media recently reported that the bill will not be a priority for the upper house.

They also stated that some sources assure that the situation is not likely to end this year. This is especially true considering that 2022 is an election year for the country.

President Jair Bolsonaro has already spoken out against the law. If the National Congress approves the bill, it is likely to veto it. This would then force lawmakers to reconsider the bill.

Lawmakers in Brazil are overwhelmingly familiar with attempts to legalize casinos in the country. A draft law to regulate gambling had been in the Chamber of Deputies since 1991. However, he still hasn’t made it to Congress.

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