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Anti-terrorism Rules Bother Iowa Casinos

7 February 2003

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – As reported by the Associated Press: "Representatives of Iowa's riverboat casinos fear that anti-terrorism rules under consideration for river boats will take the fun out of gambling for their customers.

"`We already have very significant security in place, with 24-hour video surveillance and our own security force to deal with contingency plans for any kind of adverse situation,' said Wes Ehrecke, president of the West Des Moines-based Iowa Gaming Association, an industry group.

"…Under the rules being considered by the U.S. Coast Guard, customers at Iowa's nine floating casinos on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers could be required to pass through airport-style metal detectors and provide photo IDs before being allowed to board a riverboat, Ehrecke said.

"Bags and purses could be inspected by guards, and other tough security precautions could be taken under federal regulations now being studied…"

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