Agenda Item 4A
October 10, 2014
Josh Hamlin, Legislative
Action: Bill 38-14, Secondhand Personal Property - Definitions - Payment
Public Safety Committee recommendation (2-0): enact Bill 38-14 as introduced.
Bill 38-14, Secondhand Personal Property - Definitions - Payment, sponsored by the
Council President at the request of the County Executive, was introduced on July 29. A public
hearing was held on September 16 and a Public Safety Committee worksession was held on
Bill 38-14 would exclude certain items of personal property with resale value below a
certain dollar amount from the definition of secondhand personal property. The threshold
amount would be set by method (3) regulation. The bill would also permit a secondhand
personal property dealer to pay to purchase secondhand personal property by store credit.
Current law requires payment by check.
The County's Secondhand Personal Property Law, Chapter 44A of the County Code, was
first enacted in 1983 and provides law enforcement officials with a tool necessary to recover
stolen property and identify suspects who commit crimes in the County. The law requires a
dealer in secondhand personal property to obtain a license from the Office of Consumer
Protection, report all transactions to the Police, and hold all property received for a certain period
of time after reporting the transaction. The Police can then check stolen property reports against
the list of secondhand personal property received or sold by dealers.
"Personal property" is defined in Chapter 44A as follows:
includes radios and other audio equipment;
televisions and other video equipment; photographic, optical and
computer equipment; typewriters, calculators and other electronic