Maine lawmakers pass bill aimed at thefts

Mar 22, 2012 | 04:59 PM | Lisa Gordon

Tags  scrap metal legislation, Maine, Jerry Green, Thomas Longstaff, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Maine lawmakers have signed off on scrap metal legislation that will ban cash payments for all transactions, although recyclers remain divided.

The legislation, which had previously passed the state House of Representatives, passed the state Senate on Thursday and will go into effect upon receiving the governor’s signature.

The current law allows cash payments for transactions that are 100 pounds or less or less than $50 in value. The minimum limitation has been removed and all scrap metal payments must be paid by check.....

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