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Minnesota recyclers work to revise proposed legislation

Keywords: Tags  scrap metal legislation, tag and hold, Minnesota, Tim Mahoney, ISRI, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Recyclers in Minnesota are trying to get some provisions in proposed state legislation removed before the final version heads for a vote.

The bill (H.F.1214) sponsored by state Rep. Tim Mahoney would require recyclers to tag and hold untitled vehicles for five business days. Currently, vehicles older than six years are excluded from this provision. All untitled vehicles also would have to be paid for by mailed check or electronic transfer.

Metal recyclers also would be required to keep details of all transactions, including photographs, and starting in January 2015 they would have to upload and report all metal transactions to an automated property system (APS). The standards for the APS, which would be developed by a consortium including recyclers, would be issued by July 1, 2014.

Recyclers also would be required to install video surveillance cameras at each location.

Those convicted of violating the law would be guilty of a gross misdemeanor charge. A third conviction in a five-year period would result in a felony, which would carry possible jail time as well as a fine.

"The likelihood is this version will not pass in its present version. ISRI (Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries) members are working very closely with the bill’s sponsor and are hopeful of a mutual resolution and very good outcome," a Minnesota recycler said.

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