LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The state Senate gave final approval to a bill that would require all pawn shops in the state to electronically send law enforcement agencies their records of who sells them property. By a 34-0 vote, the Senate voted to require pawn shops to upload on a daily basis the data they already collect about purchases and sales to a centralized online database chosen by local law enforcement officials.
Pawn shops currently are required to keep detailed records of transactions that include the name, age, address, race, sex, height, weight and driver's license number of the person pawning property. The state pawnbrokers association says the vast majority of its membership already submits its records online.
The measure already passed the House. It now heads to Gov. Mike Beebe's desk.