UPDATE: Ark. House approves pawn shop data legislation

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas House lawmakers have passed a measure to require pawn shops to electronically upload their records to law enforcement in order to assist in criminal investigations.

By an 82-2 vote on Friday, the House passed a bill mandating that pawn shops and pawnbrokers upload certain records daily to a secure centralized tracking system designated by police. Cities or counties are currently allowed to impose such a requirement on pawn shops in their jurisdiction - but the bill would require all pawn shops to upload the information.

Pawn shops are already required to collect certain biographical information about a person selling or buying property.

Democratic Rep. Homer Lenderman of Brookland is sponsoring the bill.

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