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Chief Sponsor: Richard A. Greenwood

Senate Sponsor: Curtis S. Bramble

             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill amends Title 13, Chapter 32a, Pawnshop and Secondhand Merchandise
             10      Transaction Information Act, modifying procedures relating to access of pawn and
             11      purchase transaction records.
             12      Highlighted Provisions:
             13          This bill:
             14          .    permits law enforcement and the Division of Consumer Protection to access pawn
             15      and purchase transaction records on a central database on behalf of an insurance
             16      company investigating a claim for physical loss of property; and
             17          .    makes technical changes.
             18      Money Appropriated in this Bill:
             19          None
             20      Other Special Clauses:
             21          None
             22      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             23      AMENDS:
             24          13-32a-106.5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 272
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 13-32a-106.5 is amended to read:
             28           13-32a-106.5. Confidentiality of pawn and purchase transactions.
             29          (1) All pawn and purchase transaction records delivered to a local law enforcement

             30      official or transmitted to the central database pursuant to Section 13-32a-106 are protected
             31      records under Section 63G-2-305 . These records may be used only by law enforcement
             32      officials and the division and only for the law enforcement and administrative enforcement
             33      purposes of:
             34          (a) investigating possible criminal conduct involving the property delivered to the
             35      pawnbroker or secondhand business in a pawn or purchase transaction;
             36          (b) investigating a possible violation of the record keeping or reporting requirements of
             37      this chapter when the local law enforcement official, based on a review of the records and
             38      information received, has reason to believe that a violation has occurred;
             39          (c) responding to an inquiry from a person claiming ownership of described property or
             40      an insurance company investigating a claim for physical loss of described property by
             41      searching the database to determine if property matching the description has been delivered to a
             42      pawnbroker or secondhand business by another person in a pawn or purchase transaction and if
             43      so, obtaining from the database:
             44          (i) a description of the property;
             45          (ii) the name and address of the pawnbroker or secondhand business who received the
             46      property; and
             47          (iii) the name, address, and date of birth of the conveying person; and
             48          (d) taking enforcement action under Section 13-2-5 against a pawnbroker or
             49      secondhand business.
             50          (2) (a) A person may not knowingly and intentionally use, release, publish, or
             51      otherwise make available to any person or entity any information obtained from the database
             52      for any purpose other than those specified in Subsection (1).
             53          (b) Each separate violation of Subsection (2)(a) is a class B misdemeanor.
             54          (c) Each separate violation of Subsection (2)(a) is subject to a civil penalty not to
             55      exceed $250.

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