NEW YORK New
Jersey state Sen. Shirley K. Turner is calling on Gov. Chris
Christie to reconsider his veto of a bill that would have
required scrap metal buyers to maintain purchase records for at
least 18 months.
Christie vetoed the
bill last month, saying he was "concerned that significantly
increasing record-keeping and reporting requirements on scrap
metal businesses will impose substantial expenses and
administrative burdens on operators in this state" (
amm.com, Sept. 10).
Turner, a Democrat, is
now urging Christie to allow Republican legislators to override
his veto, noting that the original bill passed the Senate with
a vote of 37-1.
"As it stands, the
veto protects criminals and continues to cause a financial
strain for businesses, homeowners and taxpayers," Turner said
in a statement. "It is simply unfair that Christie would
protect criminals and a small segment of an industry that wants
to continue dealing with thieves, while the rest of us pay the
co-sponsored by Turner, would have revised current regulations
to require scrap metal businesses to maintain records of all
scrap metal purchases for at least 18 months as well as
establish an electronic reporting system for scrap dealers to
submit information on purchases to the New Jersey State Police.
The bill also would have restricted cash payments for scrap
metals and the types of scrap metals that may be purchased by
"Scrap metal dealers
are clearly not asking the questions to ensure their business
transactions are legitimate," Turner said. "The legitimate
scrap metal buyers I spoke with wanted the bill to pass because
the law breakers are giving them all a bad name."