Congress Combats Retail Crime
Members of Congress have introduced three separate pieces of legislation meant to combat the growing problem of organized retail crime.
The Combating Organized Retail Crime Act, introduced by Democratic Senators Richard Durbin of Illinois and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, would "stricter penalties for those found guilty of organized retail crime and by facilitating the identification and prosecution of those who participate in it," the Senators said in a statement. It would also put pressure on retailers, especially online, to shut down sellers or auctioners accused of wrongdoing.
Another bill, the bipartisan Organized Retail Crime Act of 2009, was introduced in the House by Reps. Brad Ellsworth (D-Ind.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio.) The bill would specifically amend federal code to address organized retail crime, and also force online marketplaces to force off sellers accused of wrongdoing.