Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has applauded the passage of House Bill 4593, which addresses the problem of scrap metal theft.
The bill looks to regulate the purchase and sale of scrap metal and items that contain ferrous or nonferrous metals to scrap metal dealers. It would require sellers to provide and scrap metal dealers to obtain certain information at the time of a purchase transaction. Scrap metal dealers also would be required to implement and maintain records of their purchases and to make those records available for law enforcement purposes. The bill also would provide for the powers and duties of certain state and local governmental officers and entities and for penalties and remedies.
In a statement, Snyder says, “Metal theft is a problem that affects the safety of our communities, and the bill approved in the legislature today creates more tools for law enforcement to fight these destructive crimes.
“We cannot allow thieves to continue to damage our homes, farms, utilities and public property. But, more importantly, by damaging safety items such as street lights and traffic signals, these criminals are putting our residents at risk and hurting our quality of life. That’s unacceptable.”
The governor adds, “We’ve been working with partners in the legislature from both sides of the aisle on this important issue for two years. The bill approved today includes common-sense reforms that provide tools to help police crack down on the thefts and also make it more difficult for people to quickly and easily sell stolen metals—especially copper wiring and pipes, catalytic converters and air conditioners.”
HB 4593 is linked to a package of bills addressing the issue, with companion legislation signed into law in December.