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Bill would exempt children's clothing resale stores from pawn shop rules

Posted - Feb. 23, 2017 at 7:40 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — Under current Utah law, children's clothing resale stores like Kid to Kid technically must abide by the same laws as pawn shops, but lawmakers Thursday advanced a bill to fix that quirk.

The House Business and Labor Committee unanimously endorsed HB378, which would exempt children's clothing resale stores from rules currently placed on owners of such shops, including requirements to track, hold and report purchased items to law enforcement in case they are stolen.

The bill had passed the House last year but did not make it through the Senate before the session ended.

Bill sponsor Becky Edwards, R-North Salt Lake, said the process is "burdensome" and unneeded for resale stores like Kid to Kid.

Edwards also pointed out that children's clothing resale stores rarely purchase items valued at more than $100 so the risk that stolen items are sold to such stores is low.

— Katie McKellar

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