Lawmaker wants Ohio casinos to keep patron photos

CINCINNATI (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker wants the state’s four casinos to collect and save photos of each customer redeeming winnings for cash.

Sen. Bill Coley says requiring the casinos to implement facial-recognition technology will allow law enforcement to crack down on money laundering.

The Senate last week approved a budget measure inserted by Coley that says the Ohio Casino Control Commission would be allowed to make casinos retain photos of customers for five years.

The commission already has broad powers to approve new rules and is not currently considering instituting Coley’s idea.

Coley, a Republican from Liberty Township in southwest Ohio, says he wrote the budget amendment to make clear lawmakers’ desires for facial-recognition technology at the casinos.

No one has been arrested or prosecuted for money laundering at Ohio’s casinos.

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