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Idaho passes bill clamping down on scrap metal sales

Keywords: Tags  Idaho legislature, Butch Otter, scrap metal, scrap, scrapyards, Nathan Laliberte

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 material.

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 AMM.

"The legislators didn’t 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 don’t have cameras, so now we have to go out and buy the equipment. It’s going to make the process of purchasing metal extremely expensive and time-consuming."

The bill is now headed to Gov. Butch Otter for consideration.

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