The measures are meant to target the growing problem of cell phone theft, Kamenetz said at a press conference in
One bill would ban the kiosks often called "reverse vending machines," which are located in malls and let users receive cash for used phones and other small electronic devices. The other bill would regulate stores such as
Among other regulations, the stores would need a county license to sell used electronics and would have to report daily transactions to the county police department. They also would prohibit dealers from paying a seller in cash. They could use checks or other traceable methods of payment, Kamenetz said.
"We're taking cash out of the equation here," Kamenetz said. "As the police know, for a criminal, cash is king."
A spokesman for ecoATM, which operates the automated purchasing machines, said the company feels it has been unfairly targeted by politicians.
He has previously said that out of 21,000 devices recycled in
Earlier this month,
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