NEW YORK The Idaho
legislature has passed a bill that would impose additional
regulations on scrap metal sales in the state.
House Bill 241, passed by the
Senate in a 23-to-12 vote, would require dealers to obtain
either photographs or digital recordings lasting more than 30
seconds for nonferrous and stainless steel metal sold to
scrapyards. It would also obligate dealers to take detailed
photographs of sellers and the vehicles they use to transport
The bill amends current state
law, which requires scrap metal dealers to obtain copies of
sellers state-issued photo identification. Used beverage
containers are exempt from the requirements.
"They felt that it was a
necessary step to take. ... We will comply, of course, but it
means a lot more legwork for us," one Idaho scrap dealer told
"The legislators didnt ask
for the opinions of law enforcement or the recyclers before
they put this thing into action; they totally slid it under the
radar," a second recycler said. "We dont have cameras, so
now we have to go out and buy the equipment. Its going to
make the process of purchasing metal extremely expensive and
The bill is now headed to Gov.
Butch Otter for consideration.