state legislators have introduced two measures to regulate the
scrap industry to try to discourage metal thefts.
H.B.1552, which seeks to expand
existing metal theft provisions, would require all metal
recyclers and metal suppliers in the state to be licensed, and
all licensees would be required to subscribe to the Institute
of Scrap Recycling Industries metal theft alert system.
All recyclers would be required to put up a $10,000 surety bond
in order to be licensed. Victims of metal thefts due to
negligence would be able to seek monetary recovery, with the
bond used as collateral.
Under the measure, state law
enforcement officials would have permission to inspect
scrapyards and their records at any time. Sheriffs and police
chiefs would be required to maintain an electronic no-buy
The bill also seeks to establish
a state metal theft prevention authority to look into the
problem of metal thefts, suggest ways to tackle the issue, and
develop and implement a plan to do so. Metal recyclers would be
appointed to the board.
Scrap haulers would be required
to display a license on their vehicles. Vehicles found to be
transporting stolen metal could be seized if the owner of the
vehicle were aware of the activity. The bill also calls for
seizing money and any other items used in a theft. Property
also could be seized if the owner is found to be aware that the
parcel was being used for metal thefts.
S.B.5413, which focuses on
nonferrous metal, would require that nonferrous scrap sellers
obtain a permit. The regulation would make the purchase of
nonferrous scrap by a scrapyard from anyone without a permit
The state Senates bill
also seeks to seize property and vehicles used in metal theft
cases, as well as establish a wire-theft task force that would
investigate and prosecute wire-theft-related cases.