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Two measures target metal thefts in Ariz.

Keywords: Tags  scrap metal legislation, Tom Forese, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Two bills have been introduced in Arizona’s state legislature that aim to tackle metal thefts in the state and regulate scrap metal companies.

H.B.2262, introduced by Rep. Tom Forese, would require metal recyclers to register with the state Department of Public Safety. The cost of the registration, which would be good for two years, has not yet been determined. In order to qualify for a renewal, recyclers would have to answer a questionnaire that illustrates they have been in compliance.

The Department of Public Safety, which would oversee the registration process, would be required to submit an annual report to legislators, including the number of scrap companies in the state that have not formally registered or found to be in violation of scrap metal laws.

The Department of Public Safety also would be required to provide law enforcement with the necessary tools, available on a website, to send out alerts for stolen metal within a 100-mile radius. Recyclers would be able to access the website and report any suspicious materials they have been offered.

Recyclers currently do not have to record details on sales of less than $25, but the bill would require details on all transactions except those for aluminum cans.

H.B.2261, also introduced by Forese, would make nonferrous and ferrous scrap metal theft a Class 2 felony. Anyone convicted of theft of material that exceeds $100,000 in replacement costs would not be eligible for a suspended sentence, and they would have to serve out their full sentence.

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