Felony for brokering unlicensed grain buyers clears Senate
The state requires grain buyers to have a license as part of a way to protect payments for farmers.
Authorities have said there is an increase in brokers, who set up the transaction for a commission, and some of them have used unlicensed grain buyers.
Officials considered requiring brokers to be licensed but settled on making it a class 5 felony as a deterrent.
The maximum sentence would be five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.