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Secondhand Store Ordinance Back on City Council Radar

Matt Trotter

Tulsa City Council is again considering an ordinance tracking sales at secondhand stores.

Discussion on the ordinance began in May but was delayed by budget and river meetings. A new version was presented this week, and Tulsa Police Sgt. Shellie Seibert said the changes are minor.

"We just tried to make it a little bit more narrowly defined," Seibert said. "There were some things that were left out there about nonprofits, things like that, that we're not targeting."

The new version has a specific definition of flea markets. It also allows stores to attach a photo of someone who sells an item rather than getting the person’s thumbprint.

Seibert said the ordinance will help track certain types of stolen items.

"We're trying to look at the items that are most stolen in the city and easily identifiable, like through serial numbers," Seibert said.

The original draft of the ordinance excluded several items, including pianos and home gyms. The latest version doesn’t make any specific exclusions.