"Scrap Metal" means any metal suitable for reprocessing. “Scrap metal” does not include a motor vehicle, but does include a catalytic converter detached from a motor vehicle.
"Scrap Metal Dealer" means any person operating a business at a fixed or mobile location that is engaged in buying, selling, procuring, collecting, gathering, soliciting, or dealing in scrap metal, or operating, managing, or maintaining a scrap metal yard.
"Scrap Metal Yard" means any yard, plot, space, enclosure, building, mobile facility, or other place where scrap metal is collected, gathered together, stored, or kept for shipment, sale, or transfer.
Transactions are exempt if:
A Dealer shall not make an initial purchase of Scrap Metal without recording the Seller's name, address, and place of business; the Seller must also present a valid governmentissued photo ID. For subsequent purchases a Dealer need only record the Seller's name and place of business if they retain the information from the initial transaction.
Records and information must be retained for at least 2 years.
Records shall be provided upon request during normal business hours to a law enforcement agency or other officer or employee designated by a county or city to enforce the law, when said person has reasonable grounds to request such information as part of an investigation. The inspecting party must preserve the information confidentiality and not disclose it except as may be necessary in enforcement or prosecution of a criminal.
Non-exempt scrap metal transactions must be paid by check or electronic transfer.
A Seller who fails to provide the required information or a person who conducts a transaction by or on behalf of a Dealer who violates the law is subject to:
These provisions shall take precedence over and supersede any local ordinance adopted by a political subdivision that regulates scrap metal transactions, except a city ordinance in effect prior to January 1, 2012, in a city with a population exceeding 150,000 as shown by the 2010 federal census may continue to be enforced by the city that adopted it.
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