WICHITA, Kansas – Legislation that originated in Wichita is moving forward. Attorney General Derek Schmidt has planned a public hearing today to get feedback on proposed permanent scrap metal dealer regulations.
It’s been a major issue here in Sedgwick County, one that District Attorney Marc Bennett has taken very seriously. Now that the law has moved forward, it’s a process of determining the best way to impose regulations.
Bennett has noted the importance of having a database. This will give the AG’s office a way to keep track of who is settling to dealers. It will also help them notice patterns that could lead to cases moving forward.
The legislation takes away city and county codes and fees, leaving everything up to the state.
Bennett says implementation of the new regulations will be staggered. January, scrap metal dealers will be able to begin paying the $1,000 registration fee and, according to the law, the database will need to be established by July 2016.