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ACLU May Block Nevada Casino Work Cards

22 November 2002

NEVADA – As reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal: "The American Civil Liberties Union said it might sue to block implementation of a statewide casino work card law that it says gives the Nevada Gaming Commission unconstitutional powers to investigate an applicant's background.

"Gary Peck, executive director of the Nevada ACLU, told the commission at a public hearing Thursday that the work card plan under study needs to be changed to protect workers' privacy. He said there was no reason the commission should have sweeping rights to dig up the personal history of the casino industry's rank-and-file employees.

"…The proposed work card system was created by the 2001 Legislature to allow employees with state issued permits to work at any casino Nevada, ideally saving them time and money. Now, card dealers, change makers, slot employees and other workers must obtain locally issued work cards and get a new one whenever they move to a new jurisdiction in the state.

"The problem with the work card system is that law enforcement agencies can use the information without restriction, Peck said, who is worried about police and others having unfettered access to workers' medical and financial records…"

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