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Bill Linking Pawnbrokers And Law Enforcement Passes Kentucky Senate

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A Kentucky bill requiring pawnbrokers to report loans and purchases to an Internet database passed the Senate on Friday.

The database would allow for police to identify stolen items once they are reported. Full descriptions of merchandise would be supplied, as well as names, driver’s license numbers and photo ID information.

According to the bill, the full description would include make, model, color, size, manufacturer and distinguishing marks or characteristics.

If the identification could not be obtained, a Social Security number may be accepted instead.

Pawnbrokers would be required to hold items sold to them for 12 days before the items can be resold.

Case reports must be provided before a pawnbroker can surrender an item to the police.

House Bill 74, co-sponsored by Republican Reps. Walker Thomas and Kim King of Districts 8 and 55 respectively, passed with a 75-2 vote.

The bill goes to Governor Matt Bevin for signature.

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