Bill S3497A-2011

Prohibits the purchase of certain items as scrap

Prohibits the sale or purchase of certain items as scrap; street signs, funeral markers, government entity, utility, cemetery or railroad items; preempts local laws.



  • May 21, 2012: referred to economic development
  • May 21, 2012: PASSED SENATE
  • Jan 19, 2012: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • Jan 18, 2012: 1ST REPORT CAL.70
  • Jan 4, 2012: returned to senate
  • Jan 4, 2012: died in assembly
  • Jun 15, 2011: referred to economic development
  • Jun 15, 2011: PASSED SENATE
  • May 23, 2011: AMENDED ON THIRD READING (T) 3497A
  • May 11, 2011: 2ND REPORT CAL.
  • May 10, 2011: 1ST REPORT CAL.586




VOTE: COMMITTEE VOTE: - Consumer Protection - Jan 18, 2012
Ayes (8): Zeldin, Ball, Fuschillo, Little, Marcellino, O'Mara, Hassell-Thompson, Huntley
Ayes W/R (2): Adams, Squadron



TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the general business law, in relation to prohibiting the purchase of certain items as scrap

PURPOSE: To prohibit the sale, offer of sale, or purchase as scrap of certain items such as street signs, funeral markers, or any metal item bearing certain markings.

SUMMARY OF SPECIFIC PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill contains a definition for what government issued identification qualifies as.

Section 2 Contains certain necessary changes and expands the time frame for which records must be kept.

Section 3 contains prohibition on items that are unlawful to purchase as scrap such as street signs, funeral markers, or any metal items bearing markings of any government entity, utility company, cemetery or railroad unless offered for sale by an authorized employee. This section also contains local law preemption language.

Section 4 contains penalty provisions of a maximum of two thousand dollars and/or imprisonment for a term of not more than fifteen days. This section also states that the court may in lieu of imposing a fine, sentence the defendant to pay double the amount gained from the sale of these items and makes it an E felony when someone is convicted or this crime three times within ten years.

JUSTIFICATION: Certain items should not be sold as scrap as they are only attainable through illegal means. This legislation clarifies what some of these items are and increases penalties to a level more reflective of the crime. It is crucially important to deter individuals from partaking in this illegal activity, and one of the most effective ways is by creating a significant punitive disincentive to partake in these activities.


FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Minimally positive to the State.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day.


STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 3497--A Cal. No. 586 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 23, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. GRISANTI, MAZIARZ -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Consumer Protection -- reported favorably from said committee, ordered to first and second report, ordered to a third reading, amended and ordered reprinted, retaining its place in the order of third reading AN ACT to amend the general business law, in relation to prohibiting the purchase of certain items as scrap THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Section 69-e of the general business law, as added by chap- ter 431 of the laws of 1976, is amended to read as follows: S 69-e. Definitions. 1. "Scrap metal processing facility" shall mean an establishment engaged primarily in the purchase, processing and ship- ment of ferrous and/or non-ferrous scrap, the end product of which is the production of raw material for remelting purposes for steel mills, [foundaries] FOUNDRIES, smelters, refiners, and similar users. 2. "Scrap processor" shall mean any person, association, partnership or corporation operating and maintaining a "scrap metal processing facility". 3. "GOVERNMENT ISSUED IDENTIFICATION" MEANS ANY CURRENT AND VALID OFFICIAL FORM OF IDENTIFICATION ISSUED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A STATE, TERRITORY, PROTECTORATE, OR DEPENDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, A COUNTY, MUNICIPALITY OR SUBDIVISION THEREOF, ANY PUBLIC AGENCY OR DEPARTMENT THEREOF, OR ANY PUBLIC EMPLOY- ER, WHICH REQUIRES AND BEARS THE SIGNATURE AND PHOTOGRAPH OF THE PERSON TO WHOM IT IS ISSUED. S 2. Subdivision 1 of section 69-g of the general business law, as amended by chapter 302 of the laws of 2007, is amended to read as follows: 1. Such scrap processor shall record [(i) each purchase of any pig or pigs of metal, bronze or brass castings or parts thereof, sprues or gates or parts thereof, utility wire or brass car journals, or of metal beer kegs, and (ii)] each purchase of [iron, steel] FERROUS and/or nonferrous scrap [for a price of fifty dollars or more,] and preserve
such record for a period of three years; which record shall show the date of purchase, name of seller, [his] THE SELLER'S residence OR BUSI- NESS address [by street, number, city, village or town, the driver's license number or information from a government issued photographic identification card, if any, of such person, or by such description as will reasonably locate the seller,] AND the type and quantity of such purchase[; and the]. THE scrap processor shall cause such record to be signed by the seller or his agent. It shall be unlawful for any seller to refuse to furnish such information or to furnish incorrect or incom- plete information. Such scrap processor shall also make and retain a copy of the government issued photographic identification card used to verify the identity of [the] ANY NATURAL person from whom the scrap metal was purchased and shall retain this copy in a separate book, register or electronic archive for [two] THREE years from the date of purchase. S 3. Section 69-h of the general business law is renumbered section 69-i and two new sections 69-h and 69-j are added to read as follows: S 69-H. PROHIBITION ON PURCHASE OF CERTAIN ITEMS. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY PROVISION OF LAW, RULE OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, IT SHALL BE UNLAW- FUL FOR SCRAP PROCESSING FACILITIES TO PURCHASE STREET SIGNS, FUNERAL MARKERS, OR ANY METAL ITEMS BEARING MARKINGS OF ANY GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY, UTILITY COMPANY, CEMETERY OR RAILROAD UNLESS SUCH ITEMS ARE OFFERED FOR SALE BY A DULY AUTHORIZED EMPLOYEE OR AGENT OF ANY GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY, UTILITY COMPANY, CEMETERY OR RAILROAD. S 69-J. PREEMPTION OF LOCAL LAWS. THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE SHALL APPLY TO ALL MUNICIPALITIES, INCLUDING CITIES WITH A POPULATION OF ONE MILLION OR MORE, AND SHALL SUPERSEDE ANY LOCAL LAW, RULE, REGULATION, OR ORDINANCE REGARDING THE LICENSING OR REGULATION OF SCRAP PROCESSORS AND SCRAP METAL PROCESSING FACILITIES; PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT LOCAL LAW NUMBER FIFTY OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK FOR THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND SEVEN SHALL NOT BE DEEMED TO BE PREEMPTED BY THE PROVISIONS OF THIS ARTICLE. S 4. Section 69-i of the general business law, as added by chapter 431 of the laws of 1976 and as renumbered by section three of this act, is amended to read as follows: S 69-i. Penalty. 1. [Each] A FIRST violation of this article [by a scrap processor] shall be PUNISHABLE AS a violation subject to a fine of not more than two [hundred] THOUSAND dollars[, unless such violation shall be wilful, in which event it shall be a misdemeanor except, howev- er, the scrap processor shall not be liable for any violation of this article by a seller, his agent, or a purported seller or agent.] AND/OR IMPRISONMENT FOR A TERM OF NOT MORE THAN FIFTEEN DAYS. A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT VIOLATION OF THIS ARTICLE SHALL BE PUNISHABLE AS A MISDEMEA- NOR SUBJECT TO A FINE OF NOT MORE THAN FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS AND/OR IMPRISONMENT FOR A TERM OF NOT MORE THAN ONE YEAR. A CONVICTION FOR A THIRD VIOLATION OF THIS ARTICLE COMMITTED WITHIN A TEN YEAR PERIOD SHALL BE PUNISHABLE AS A CLASS E FELONY. 2. [Each violation of this article by a seller or his agent shall be a misdemeanor.] IN ADDITION TO A TERM OF IMPRISONMENT, WHERE A PERSON HAS GAINED MONEY OR PROPERTY THROUGH A VIOLATION OF THIS ARTICLE THE COURT, UPON CONVICTION THEREOF, IN LIEU OF IMPOSING THE FINE AUTHORIZED FOR THE OFFENSE UNDER SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS SECTION MAY SENTENCE THE DEFENDANT TO PAY AN AMOUNT, FIXED BY THE COURT, NOT EXCEEDING DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF THE DEFENDANT'S GAIN FROM THE COMMISSION OF THE OFFENSE. S 5. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after it shall have become a law.


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