By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A bill passed by the Pará State Legislative Assembly is being criticized by environmental NGOs, which call on Pará’s governor, Helder Barbalho, to veto the measure which would allegedly benefit illegal land grabbing in the state. Changes in land ownership rules in the Amazon region could cost Brazil up to US$32 (US$8) billion in revenue losses, a recent study has shown.

"The lawmakers who supported this bill reversed the function for which they were elected. They should take care of the public patrimony and watch over their . . .

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