The CCJ rejected Senate Bill 186/2014 of Senator Ciro Nogueira (PP-PI), in March 2018. At the time, the favorable report was rejected by Senator Benedito de Lira (PP-AL), approving in its place, the separate vote of Senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP), contrary to the matter. At the end of the legislative period of the year, the matter was filed.
Rebating criticism of the bill, the senator said that establishing a regulatory framework for the gaming sector would help tackle the problems that already exist in the underground: "It is precisely the legalization of games of chance that will end the clandestine activity. Making this sector transparent will greatly aid in the fight against money laundering.
"Legalization will also allow service to gaming addicts that in the clandestine today has no way out. If you arrive today in São Paulo you will find many bingo halls crowded. Money laundering exists today because everything is done illegaly, "said Nogueira.
Nogueira argued that the objective is to guarantee more money to the public coffers, besides generating jobs. "Brazil today is one of the most played countries in the world. The clandestine market moves about US$5.35 billion per year," he estimated.
Source: GMB / O Antagonista / Senado Federal