Pawn shop database legislation back on the table
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A law to create a county-wide database for pawned items is back on the table in Albany County.
Local Law F was vetoed by county executive Dan McCoy last week after he said it would be too much of a burden on business owners. A number of pawn shop and secondhand shop owners had argued that recording personal information could hurt their relationships with customers, not to mention it required too much work and would affect their business.
As a result, at Monday's county legislature meeting, legislator Gary Domalewicz re-introduced the database as Local Law G, with changes made. One major edition is that buyers of pawned items would not have to provide identification. Another is that business owners would be able to take a photograph of any items they received as record, instead of writing the description down.
The law will head to the public safety committee.