He expressed his support during a meeting with a lawmaker and a minister

Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro in favor of legalized gambling

Lawmaker Newton Cardoso Jr. gave President Bolsonaro a gift sent by his father. PHOTO: Carolina Antunes - The President’s Office.
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The Brazilian president welcomed last week the head of the lower house's Committee on Tourism, who is working on a series of bills aimed at promoting the sector’s growth, one of which includes the legalization of gambling.

Jair Bolsonaro, Brazil’s president, received Marcelo Álvaro Antônio, head of the Tourism Ministry; Vitor Hugo, leader of the ruling party at the Congress’ lower house—the Chamber of Deputies— and Deputy Newton Cardoso Jr, president of the Tourism Committee.

The president told Cardoso Jr. he was in favor of legalizing casinos in Brazil, but he believed each state should enact their own regulations.

Newton Cardoso Jr. has been leading several efforts to promote the tourism industry by authorizing gambling. In July, during a meeting with Chamber of Deputies’ presiding officer Rodrigo Maia, he requested for several tourism bills that would legalize gambling to have priority over other proposals.

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