November 24, 2014

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Measure would let Ohio collect and save photos of casino patrons

CINCINNATI — A provision in the Ohio Senate’s budget proposal would let the state collect and save camera images of each casino customer who redeems earnings for cash.

Republican lawmaker Sen. Bill Coley sponsored the amendment. He tells The Cincinnati Enquirer it’s intended to help law enforcement crack down on money laundering and people who use gambling to conceal sources of money acquired illegally. In such cases, people might exchange that money for chips and then redeem them as alleged casino winnings.

Ohio’s four voter-approved casinos have hundreds of cameras for security and monitoring gambling operations. Coley, of Butler County’s Liberty Township, says the measure wouldn’t require extra surveillance.

He says the provision also would apply to facilities with slots-like video lottery terminals and to sweepstakes parlors known as Internet cafes.

  • angelandfire

    Why not? The government’s got everything else on us why not a picture to go with our email address and our phone conversations? One more for the Patriot Act!

  • Dick Johnson

    This country is becoming more and more a police state every day !

    • jz

      I feel so much safer.

  • Joe Smith

    DNA will be next