The Bear Growls: Idiotic bill by Senator Nolan
April 15, 2005
Senator Nolan’s bill to allow casino guards and motel guards access to DMV and law enforcement records is idiotic. To give people who are hired off the street at barely above minimum wage, with no educational or meaningful background-check requirements, access to this type of information is the height of irresponsibility. The danger is obvious.
In reading Senate Bill 308, the actual information they would be allowed to access is minimal. But with the camel’s nose under the tent, it can only get worse and more dangerous. The bill tries to draw a distinction between an ordinary guard and a “shift supervisor,” as if a shift supervisor is some exalted person. In my experience with casino guards, the shift supervisor often has no more intelligence, common sense, or integrity than the monsters he supervises. Limiting the access to shift supervisors is no safeguard whatsoever. In the infamous Imperial Palace guards’ assault, kidnapping, and false imprisonment of James Grosjean, the shift supervisor was the main culprit, and the jury assessed damages against him personally. Senator Nolan wants to give him and others like him access to information not available to the general public that can be used to harass patrons, or worse! This is unbelievable, even for Nevada. If a casino or motel security guard misuses this information to stalk, rob, rape, or kill a pretty female patron, or simply to obtain a winning patron’s address to later rob him, the public will be outraged. In addition to the personal tragedy this will cause, Nevada’s reputation as a safe tourist destination will be so tarnished it may be difficult to recover.
What this horrible legislation has the potential to also do is to encourage these guards to think they are somehow part of law enforcement. The behavior of many casino guards is reprehensible. Their general ignorance of the law and people’s civil rights is painfully obvious to those who have had the unfortunate experience of interacting with some with them. Giving them authority beyond what other private citizens have is crazy. Putting private information about patrons into their hands is preposterous. A casino guard is just a private citizen employed by a private business — nothing more. If Senator Nolan does not come to his senses and withdraw the bill, we can only hope that the others in the Legislature realize the danger and quickly kill this bill.