Introduced House Bill (H)

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Electronic reporting of valuable metal purchases. Transfers the authority to regulate valuable metal dealers from the state police department to the state department of homeland security (DHS). Requires a metals business (an automobile scrapyard, automotive salvage recycler, core buyer, recycling facility, or valuable metal dealer) to electronically submit daily reports to the DHS concerning its valuable metal purchases. Requires the DHS to maintain ownership and control of the computer software system used for the electronic reporting and to retain the information for at least two years. Declares the information submitted electronically to be confidential but requires that the information be Electronic reporting of valuable metal purchases. Transfers the authority to regulate valuable metal dealers from the state police department to the state department of homeland security (DHS). Requires a metals business (an automobile scrapyard, automotive salvage recycler, core buyer, recycling facility, or valuable metal dealer) to electronically submit daily reports to the DHS concerning its valuable metal purchases. Requires the DHS to maintain ownership and control of the computer software system used for the electronic reporting and to retain the information for at least two years. Declares the information submitted electronically to be confidential but requires that the information be made available to law enforcement agencies. Makes a metals business immune from civil liability arising from the disclosure of information concerning valuable metal purchases if the information is disclosed through a computer system breach and if the breach is caused by a person other than, and without the knowledge or consent of, the metals business. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor for a metals business to knowingly or intentionally fail to comply with record keeping or reporting requirements. Makes it a Class A misdemeanor for a person to recklessly sell or attempt to sell stolen valuable metal to a metals business. Requires the executive director of the DHS to adopt rules concerning the electronic reporting of valuable metal purchases. Precludes a unit of local government from adopting an ordinance to regulate metals businesses. Includes a statement by which the general assembly covenants not to repeal or amend the law on valuable metal purchases, except for technical corrections or increases in penalties for violations, before July 1, 2027. ... View more