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Chamber stops voting for the 5th time on project on the use of Blockchain in public service


National Congress in Brasília, formed by the Chamber of Deputies and Senate.
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The Chamber of Deputies ended up not deliberating again on a Bill that deals with the use of Blockchain technology in Public Administration services. Legislative proposal 3,443 / 2019 was due to be voted on last Wednesday (25), but the session ended without the matter being analyzed.

This is not the first time that this project is included in the agenda and is no longer voted on. Since the request made by federal deputy Enio Verri (PT / PR), on February 18, for inclusion in the Plenary's agenda, the proposal has stopped being deliberated four other times.

According to information from the Chamber, the legislative proposal is still awaiting reports from the Science and Technology, Communication and Informatics (CCTCI) commissions; Constitution and Justice and Citizenship (CCJC); Finance and Taxation (CFT); and Labor, Administration and Public Service (CTASP).

This, however, does not prevent voting on the bill in plenary, as it is an urgent matter. Under the terms of the Chamber's Internal Regulations, some proposals may be automatically included in the Agenda for immediate discussion and voting.

The same rule states that after approval, however, the commissions have a deadline to present their respective reports, which should not exceed two sessions. If this period expires, the Commissions will no longer be able to express an opinion on the matter, which is immediately included in the agenda for voting.

Blockchain in public services

The project aims to make public information and data available on a single platform. This, therefore, would occur through a Blockchain network to grant greater transparency to the citizen.

“The digital provision of public services must be a response from the Public Administration in view of the diffusion of new technologies, which allow greater interaction and approximation between the Public Power and society. Society that wants to have public services at its disposal with agility, quality, transparency, responsibility and efficiency ”, says the justification of the proposal.

According to art. 9 of the project, the bodies and entities of the Public Administration should institute an “information security and cybernetics planning instrument, including through the use of blockchain technology”.

As stated in the project, public procurement, asset registration and accountability, and experimentation with the use of artificial intelligence to automate tasks and accelerate public services should be carried out by Blockchain.

The intention is to achieve “the improvement and reliability of the digital control of administrative acts, contracts and procedures, requiring maximum transparency, active and passive, in the public decision-making process”.

The proposal is authored by nine federal deputies from six different parties: Tiago Mitraud (Novo-MG), Vinicius Poit (Novo-SP), João H. Campos (PSB-PE), Luisa Canziani (PTB-PR), Marcelo Calero (Citizenship-RJ), Mariana Carvalho (PSDB-RO), Paulo Ganime (Novo-RJ), Professor Israel Batista (PV-DF) and Rodrigo Coelho (PSB-SC).

Next steps

If approved by the Chamber of Deputies, the proposal still has a long way to go. It still needs to pass the Senate, where it will be debated again. If approved without changes, it proceeds to presidential sanction.

If the senators make major changes to the egress project of the Chamber, it needs to return to the original House in order for them to be ratified or not. After going through this new sieve, the project goes to sanction.

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