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Arkansas legislators seek to license scrap sellers, buyers

Keywords: Tags  scrap metal legislation, Arkansas legislature, scrap, David Wyatt, Kim Hammer, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Two bills are working their way through the Arkansas state legislature that would require scrap metal sellers and buyers to be licensed, but could eliminate scrap recyclers’ need to acquire customers’ thumbprints.

The first, a Senate bill introduced by state Sen. David Wyatt (D., District 19), would eliminate an existing rule that requires an electronic thumbprint for transactions. Instead, recyclers would have to be more specific in their descriptions of purchases, including entering serial numbers into the records or any unique characteristics whenever possible. The bill has been referred to the state Senate’s Committee on Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs.

The second, a House bill introduced by state Rep. Kim Hammer (R., District 28), would require anyone accompanying a seller to a scrapyard to submit photo identification, even if that person is not part of the selling party.

Recyclers are already required to upload their transaction details daily, but the bill working its way through the state House would establish penalties ranging from $100 to $500 for failure to do so. The bill would also require recyclers to be licensed and make it illegal to purchase scrap from anyone who has been convicted of theft.

Under the House bill, anyone selling scrap metal would also be required to pay $20 to obtain an annual license from a county sheriff’s office. Scrapyards would also need to obtain an annual license for $20. A recycler must have utilities to qualify for a license, including running water, as well as monitoring equipment and valid permits with the state’s Department of Environmental Quality.

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