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
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 Senates 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
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 sheriffs 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 states Department of Environmental