Pine County Pawn Shop Ordinance Approved with 4-1 Vote

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009 at 6:31 am

After months of debate, the Pine County Board approved a pawn shop ordinance, Tuesday, in Sandstone.

The ordinance puts in place a new state-wide run security system at shops in Pine County.  The board did compromise on a few aspects of the ordinance, including reducing the holding time for pawned items from 60 to 30 days, and waving the transaction fee from $2 to a dollar.

Pine County Assistant Attorney Steve Cundy says passing the ordinance is a benefit to both local and state law enforcement.

Cundy’s Comments:

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The Board approved the ordinance with a vote of 4-1.  Commission Doug Carlson gave the lone vote of opposition.  He has said in the past that he believes the ordinance hurts local pawn shop businesses.

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