Updated 10/10/2012 07:36 AM
Pawn shop law gets pushed back to committee
The so-called pawn shop law goes before the Albany County Legislature for an expected vote, but a majority decided Local Law G still needs work. Our Erin Vannella reports.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- Back to committee it goes. A year and a half in the making, Albany County legislators say the pawn shop law still isn't ready for a vote.
"The big thing I think is the police aren't reporting back to the pawn brokers and stuff like that," said Democratic Albany County Legislator Gil Ethier. "We're told we can't mandate the police do that. I don't know if that's true or not. It's something we should look into."
Enough legislators seemed to agree that despite the law's good intentions, that reverse reporting issue combined with in-house procedural concerns and late changes to the document's language, it needs more work.
"At the last minute they made 12 or 13 changes over the weekend and a lot of us weren't notified before we walked in here tonight," said Ethier.
But those who helped draft those changes didn't anticipate the legislature's cautious response to send it to the public safety committee again. We talked to the bill's sponsor and a pawn shop owner earlier in the day who were confident the bill would indeed pass.
"We're very happy with it," said Democratic Albany County Legislator Gary Domalewicz. "Law enforcement is very happy with it because it's going to recover stolen merchandise."
"This has been a long drawn out process that at times has been very contentious," said ASE Metal Recovery, Inc. President Jason Pierce. "I believe Gary Domalewitz, Phil Steck, Chris Higgins and a number of other key players have been instrumental in finally getting a version that all the parties can accept."
It could be at least a month before the bill goes to a vote.