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Kansas Scrap Metal Database Nearer

Kansas scrap yards would have to report purchases to a new state database as soon as in 2020, per recently approved legislation.


Approved by state senators on March 27, Senate Bill No. 219 requires the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to create a database by Jan. 1, 2020. The legislation has been forward to the House of Representatives for consideration.


If the current legislation is enacted, Kansas scrap metal dealers would have to report to the state database information about materials purchased from individuals, including customer identification details and transaction data. SB 219 shifts the responsibility for creating and administering the database from the state’s attorney general to the KBI.


Though previously enacted legislation had required his office to run the database, Attorney General Derek Schmidt told the Senate Judiciary Committee that there haven’t been sufficient funds to do so, according to a Pratt Tribune article on shifting the Kansas scrap-metal database to the KBI.


Senators had proposed taxing scrap metal purchases to help fund the database. But they removed the taxing provisions before approving SB 219.


SB 219 also reduced the maximum annual state licensing fee for scrap metal dealers to $500 from $1,500. Provisions that would have required criminal background checks and fingerprinting of scrap metal dealers were removed as well, The Topeka Capital-Journal reported in an article on the Kansas scrap-metal dealer database.


SB 219 could be modified further in the House of Representatives. The Kansas legislature is scheduled to adjourn in early May.


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