SENATE, No. 2162

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

215th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED AUGUST 20, 2012

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  DONALD NORCROSS

District 5 (Camden and Gloucester)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Revises law concerning the purchase of scrap metal.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning the purchase of scrap metal and amending P.L.2009, c.8.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 2 of P.L.2009, c.8 (C.45:28-2) is amended to read as follows:

     2.    The operator of a scrap metal business shall:

     a.     Verify the identity of any person delivering or selling scrap metal to the scrap metal business by requesting and examining a photograph-bearing, valid State or federal driver's license or other government-issued form of identification bearing a photograph;

     b.    Make a clear copy of, and record, in a manner as may be prescribed by the Attorney General, the number of the driver's license or other government-issued form of identification presented by the person delivering or selling the scrap metal, before receiving or purchasing any scrap metal from that person;

     c.     Maintain, for at least five years, a record of all receipts or purchases of scrap metal [in excess of 100 pounds or $50, whichever is less], including, but not limited to:

     (1)   the date of receipt or purchase of the scrap metal;

     (2)   the name and address of the person delivering or selling the scrap metal;

     (3)   the type and number of the identification presented by the person delivering or selling the scrap metal, along with a copy of the driver's license or other government-issued form of identification;

     (4)   a description of the scrap metal received or purchased, including, but not limited to its type, amount, and form;

     (5)   the signature of the person delivering or selling the scrap metal; [and]

     (6)   the license plate of the motor vehicle delivering the scrap metal, pursuant to subsection f. of this section; and

     (7)   any other information as may be required by the Attorney General; [and]

     d.    Make any records maintained pursuant to subsection c. of this section available, upon request, to any law enforcement agency or official investigating the possible theft or resale of scrap metals, and send copies of all records maintained pursuant to subsection c. of this section to the appropriate law enforcement agency at the close of each business day;

     e.     Make payment to the person delivering or selling the scrap metal only by non-transferable check made payable to that person, to be mailed to either:

     (1)   the address recorded pursuant to paragraph (2) of subsection c. of this section; or

     (2)   the address on the driver's license or other government-issued form of identification copied and recorded pursuant to subsection b. of this section; and

     f.     Accept delivery of scrap metal by motor vehicle only, and record the license plate number of any motor vehicle which is used to deliver scrap metal.

(cf: P.L.2009, c.8, s.2)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect on the 90th day next following enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill, which amends P.L.2009, c.8 (C.45:28-1 et seq.), requires scrap metal businesses to maintain, for at least five years, a record of all receipts or purchases of scrap metal, instead of only for those purchases in excess of 100 pounds or $50, as currently provided by law.  This bill also requires that scrap metal businesses make payment to any person delivering or selling scrap metal only by non-transferable check made payable to that person, to be mailed to an address provided by that person as required pursuant to existing law.

     The bill requires scrap metal businesses to send copies of all records maintained pursuant to law to the appropriate law enforcement agency at the close of each business day.  Under the bill, scrap metal businesses may accept delivery of scrap metal by motor vehicle only, and must record the license plate number of any motor vehicle which is used to deliver scrap metal.