Paulo Azi, who is the Relator —lawmaker in charge of moving a bill forward—of Bill 2724/15, has rejected amendment 7, which would have authorized gambling at bingo halls, casino resorts, and via the internet.
During the voting session aimed at passing the new tourism prosed law, Rodrigo Maia, the presiding officer of Brazil's lower house, said he will honor his commitment to 'regulate gambling through an independent law,' instead of incorporating gaming regulations into the Tourism bill.
Federal Rep. Bacelar, when speaking at the whole Chamber of Deputies meeting, said: "the Congress had pledged not to admit gambling regulations as part of another proposed law." Maia's answer was conclusive: “gambling legalization will not be included in the wording of this law. It will be taken care of in a new, separate bill when we are ready."
By passing a Tourism law that does not include gambling regulations, Brazil loses once again an opportunity to finally legalize games of chance in the nation and open up to the international market.