SECTION 1. Section 75 of chapter 140, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in line 5, the words “fifty dollars” and inserting in place thereof the following words: - two hundred dollars for the first offense, and by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars for each subsequent offense. A violation of this section shall constitute a violation of section 2 of Chapter 93A.
SECTION 2. Section 76 of chapter 140, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking out, in lines 1 and 2, the words, “in any city or in any town of ten thousand or more inhabitants,”.
SECTION 3. Chapter 140 is hereby further amended by striking out section 79, as so appearing, and inserting in place thereof the following section: -
Section 79. Every person who carries on the business of a pawnbroker shall at the time of making a loan record information pertaining to every transaction, including but not limited to the name, address and date of birth of the person pawning an article, the amount of money loaned thereon, the rate of interest to be paid on such loan, a full description of the article including all distinguishing marks and numbers, and the time and date of the transaction, and shall not accept an article unless the person offering it shows an identification card bearing the person’s photograph. The pawnbroker or any employee thereof shall photograph the person offering an article in pawn, and shall photograph the articles being pawned. Said transaction information, the photographs of the person pawning the article or articles, the article or articles pawned, shall be transmitted electronically by the next business day, using the New England State Police Information Network, to be housed by the Executive Office of Public Safety, and shall be retained on the licensed premises a digital copy of the transaction information and digital copy of the photographs as part of his records. All information gathered, recorded or transmitted in any manner by pawnbrokers pursuant to this section shall be available to any law enforcement officer at any time for any reason, or to the licensing authority of any city or town or their designee, and no pawnbroker or person pawning any article shall have an expectation of privacy concerning any information about the transaction, including but not limited to any photographs taken. No item carrying an identifiable serial number shall be required to be photographed, so long as serial and model numbers are submitted with the transaction information.
Any person offering any article for pawn who provides a wrong name, address or date of birth, or shows false, forged or counterfeit identification shall be punished by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than six months. A police officer may arrest without a warrant any person whom he has probable cause to believe has provided a wrong name, address or date of birth, or has shown false, forged of counterfeit identification as described above. Any pawnbroker who knowingly records or transmits false information about a transaction shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars for the first offense, and upon a second offense shall be fined not more than two thousand dollars and his license may be revoked, and he may not be permitted to conduct the business of a pawnbroker in the commonwealth for one year.
The Executive Office of Public Safety shall not impose a fee on anyone submitting information to this system.
SECTION 4. Chapter 140 of the general laws is hereby amended after Section 84 by adding the following new section.
Section 84A. If it appears to the police commissioner and of the superintendent and chief inspector of police of Boston, of the colonel of the state police, and of the chief of police and selectmen of their respective cities or towns, or of an officer specially authorized by any of them in writing for that purpose that any articles pledged under the provisions of section 70 of chapter 140 have been stolen, he may give written notice to the pledgee to hold such articles, and they shall thereafter be held by the pledgee for sixty days unless said notice shall be recalled in writing by the officer giving it, and be subject to inspection and examination at all reasonable times; and they shall be produced, upon notice or summons by the district attorney or other prosecuting officer, before any court or grand jury if the question of the larceny of the same is under investigation, and said pledgee shall not be liable in damages or otherwise on account of such detention.
SECTION 5. Section 71 of Chapter 140 is amended by striking it in its entirely and inserting in place thereof the following new section.
Section 71. Articles deposited in pawn with a licensed pawnbroker shall, unless redeemed, be retained by him on the premises occupied by him for his business for at least four months after the date of deposit, if not of a perishable nature; and, if perishable, for at least one month after said date. After the expiration of the applicable period of time, he may sell the articles, apply the proceeds thereof in satisfaction of the debt or demand and the expense of the notice and sale, and pay any surplus to the person entitled thereto on demand, provided that such demand is made in writing within one year of said sale; provided, that no such sale of any article which is not of a perishable nature shall be made unless not less than ten days prior to the sale a written notice of the intended sale shall have been sent to the person entitled to the payment of any surplus as aforesaid, addressed to his residence, as appearing in the records of such pawnbroker. No article taken in pawn by such pawnbroker exceeding twenty-five dollars in value shall be disposed of otherwise than as above provided, any agreement or contract between the parties thereto to the contrary notwithstanding. Articles of personal apparel shall not be deemed to be of a perishable nature within the meaning of this section.
SECTION 6. Section 81 of chapter 140 is hereby repealed.
SECTION 7. Section 83 of chapter 140 is hereby repealed.
SECTION 8. Section 84 of chapter 140 is hereby repealed.
SECTION 9. This act shall take effect 180 days after its passage.
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