Calif. bill seeking scrap fee to help curb theft

Feb 19, 2014 | 04:45 PM | Daniel Fitzgerald

Tags  metal theft, California, recyclers, legislation, fee, scrap receipts, Brian Nestande, Metal Theft Taskforce funding

NEW YORK — California scrap metal recyclers are eyeing a proposal from a state assemblyman to introduce a fee on scrap metal payments to help fund authorities targeting metal theft.

Assemblyman Brian Nestande (R., 42nd District) has announced his intention to introduce metal theft legislation that he said was designed in consultation with law enforcement and metal recycling companies.

"The legislation will generate funding for law enforcement by assessing a small fee on payments made for scrap metal paid to sellers by metal recycling centers. The proceeds of these will go to a new statewide Metal Theft Taskforce overseen by the California Department of Justice, which will distribute the funds as grants to law enforcement agencies and prosecutors around the state," Nestande’s office said in a statement. ....

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