as introduced - 92nd Legislature (2021 - 2022) Posted on 05/09/2022 04:02pm
A bill for an act
relating to commerce; requiring scrap metal dealers to verify ownership before
purchasing a catalytic converter; amending Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement,
section 325E.21, subdivision 1b.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
Minnesota Statutes 2021 Supplement, section 325E.21, subdivision 1b, is
amended to read:
(a) Any person who purchases or
receives a catalytic converter must comply with this section.
(b) Every scrap metal dealer, including an agent, employee, or representative of the
dealer, shall create a permanent record written in English, using an electronic record program
at the time of each purchase or acquisition of scrap metal. The record must include:
(1) a complete and accurate account or description, including the weight if customarily
purchased by weight, of the scrap metal purchased or acquired;
(2) the date, time, and place of the receipt of the scrap metal purchased or acquired and
a unique transaction identifier;
(3) a photocopy or electronic scan of the seller's proof of identification including the
(4) the amount paid and the number of the check or electronic transfer used to purchase
the scrap metal;
(5) the license plate number and description of the vehicle used by the person when
delivering the scrap metal, including the vehicle make and model, and any identifying marks
on the vehicle, such as a business name, decals, or markings, if applicable;
(6) a statement signed by the seller, under penalty of perjury as provided in section
609.48, attesting that the scrap metal is not stolen and is free of any liens or encumbrances
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(7) a copy of the receipt, which must include at least the following information: the name
and address of the dealer, the date and time the scrap metal was received by the dealer, an
accurate description of the scrap metal, and the amount paid for the scrap metal;
(8) in order to purchase a detached catalytic converter, any numbers, bar codes, stickers,
or other unique markings that result from the pilot project created under subdivision 2b;
(9) the name of the person who removed the catalytic converter.
(c) The record, as well as the scrap metal purchased or received, shall at all reasonable
times be open to the inspection of any properly identified law enforcement officer.
(d) No record is required for property purchased from merchants, manufacturers, salvage
pools, insurance companies, rental car companies, financial institutions, charities, dealers
licensed under section 168.27, or wholesale dealers, having an established place of business,
or of any goods purchased at open sale from any bankrupt stock, but a receipt as required
under paragraph (b), clause (7), shall be obtained and kept by the person, which must be
shown upon demand to any properly identified law enforcement officer.
(e) The dealer must provide a copy of the receipt required under paragraph (b), clause
(7), to the seller in every transaction.
(f) Law enforcement agencies in the jurisdiction where a dealer is located may conduct
regular and routine inspections to ensure compliance, refer violations to the city or county
attorney for criminal prosecution, and notify the registrar of motor vehicles.
(g) Except as otherwise provided in this section, a scrap metal dealer or the dealer's
agent, employee, or representative may not disclose personal information concerning a
customer without the customer's consent unless the disclosure is required by law or made
in response to a request from a law enforcement agency. A scrap metal dealer must implement
reasonable safeguards to protect the security of the personal information and prevent
unauthorized access to or disclosure of the information. For purposes of this paragraph,
"personal information" is any individually identifiable information gathered in connection
with a record under paragraph (a).
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