PITTSBURGH A scrap metal
bill that would require anyone selling copper in Arkansas to
first make a stop at a local law enforcement agency is being
frowned upon by local recyclers.
H.B.1982, sponsored by state
Rep. David Hillman (D., District 13), is aimed at protecting
agricultural producers and farmers equipment. It
would require that anyone selling a load that includes copper
to acquire a permit and have the material photographed by the
county sheriff preceding all copper sales. Scrapyards would be
required to collect the sellers permit before conducting
a transaction. Cash would be banned on all loads containing
copper, and sellers would be issued payments by check.
Plumbers, general contractors,
heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) workers, and
electricians would be exempt from the rule.
"I would hope the sheriff has
more to do than look at copper all day. And there is no
guarantee a sheriff will even know what he is looking at," one
metal recycler said. "I often get 200 customers a day. Does the
sheriff really have the time to photo each load that might
A second recycler said all of
his transactions are available to the local sheriff through an
"We did it voluntarily, and they
can look at my records any time. If its stolen, we
dont (want) it and we will help them catch the thieves.
It is not worth fooling with it," the second recycler said.
Hillman could not be reached for