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Ohio budget panel drops casino patron photo plan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio legislative panel has dropped a budget proposal that would have required casinos to keep patron photos for five years.

The casino proposal was aimed at making it easier for law enforcement to track and clamp down on money laundering. Instead, the Joint Committee on Gaming and Wagering will study the issue and prepare a report of its findings and recommendations by the end of the year.

Other changes to the budget bill Tuesday would direct $1 million annually to a fund at the Ohio attorney general's office to be used to assist rape crisis centers.

A six-member conference committee is putting the finishing touches on the state budget. They planned to vote on the changes later Tuesday.

Lawmakers face a Sunday deadline to pass the 2-year spending bill.

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