Fee-supported metal theft bill advances in Calif.

Jun 06, 2014 | 10:03 AM | Frank Haflich

Tags  scrap, metal recycling, California assembly, Brian Nestande, Coachella Valley Water District, California Metal Coalition, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Proposed legislation in California that would tack a 1-percent fee on recycling transactions to support a "metal theft task force" was overwhelmingly approved by the state assembly.

The bill passed by a vote of 66 to 3, according to a spokesman for the bill’s sponsor, Brian Nestande (R., Palm Desert).

The task force would be overseen by the state’s office of emergency services and supported by a 1-percent fee on payouts at the state’s recycling centers, according to the spokesman, who said the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries is the bill’s main organized opponent. "We’re working with them to see if we can come up with a compromise," he said.....

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