Several state agencies and retail associations are joining forces toteach retailers how to prevent the illegal sale of tobacco, alcohol andlottery tickets to minors. Iowa Lottery spokesman Joe Hrdlicka(herd-lick-uh) says it’s the largest ever government and private industryeffort in Iowa. Hrdlicka says the effort started with a dicussion abouttraining between the heads of the lottery and alcoholic beverages division. The training called the “Underage Retail Orientation Campaign” (UROC), willhit 17 Iowa cities. Hrdlicka admits it can get confusing when dealing withthe different regulations for each product.Hrdlicka says retailers embraced the idea.He says training retailers to do things the right way is better than havingto charge them for violations.Here are the cities and the dates for the UROC training: Creston, Sept. 28th;Council Bluffs, Sept. 29th; Carroll, Sept. 30th; Sioux City, Oct. 5,Spencer, Oct 6; Fort Dodge, Oct. 7; Mason City, Oct. 12; Decorah, Oct. 13;Waterloo, Oct. 14; Dubuque, Oct. 19; Davenport, Oct. 20th; Cedar Rapids,Oct.21; Iowa City, Oct. 26; Fort Madison, Oct. 27th; Ottumwa, Oct. 28th;Ames, Nov. 3rd.
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