This summer, the Louisiana legislature passed a seemingly routine bill to deter copper thieves. However, some confusing language in HB 195 has caused an uproar from bloggers and social networking sites. It addresses secondhand dealers, who it defines as anyone, other than non-proft organizations or pawn shops, who deals in scrap or secondhand items. It goes on to prohibit them from "entering into cash transactions in payment for the purchase of junk."
Harvey Crittenden has operated a small secondhand shop out of his Many home for 4 years. Before that, he operated a store in town. He says when he read the bill, he stopped accepting cash from his customers and liquidated his inventory. Bill authors say it's only meant to stop dealers from buying secondhand goods, but confusing language has left many store owners with questions.
Click to read the bill in full. http://www.mygov365.com/legislation/view/id/4db66f7549e51bd334be0300/tab/versions/