NEWPORT, KY (FOX19) - Newport officials are considering a proposed law which would prohibit scrap dealers and precious metal buyers from paying sellers in cash.
Officials with River City Metals, a regional scrap recycling facility, conveyed their opposition to the proposed law.
"In tough economic times, this is a means of cash for people to put food on the table and something like this, this new law used with this broad brush to capture these few bad actors hurts a lot of people and that's not what we want," said Vice President of River City Metals Bob Eviston.
"They say a common sense law? Well obviously the law's not working now," argued Newport City Manager Thomas J. Fromme. "I know I would shudder to think how many hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars that we've had pillaged from residents in our own city that has just gone undiscovered."