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Letter to the Editor: Proposed scrap laws ‘more cosmetic than effective’

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To the Editor:

In an April 24 article on bills recently introduced by Rep. Rashida H. Tlaib in the Michigan House of Representatives, an unnamed recycler said that scrapyards were comfortable with the proposals (, April 24). While the unnamed source may have been positive about Tlaib’s work product, that is not the opinion of the Michigan Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries’ Executive Committee.

Michigan ISRI has worked extensively with Gov. Rick Snyder’s office over the past several months in an effort to strengthen Michigan’s Nonferrous Metal Regulatory Act. Our effort was directed to formulating solutions, in addition to those provided under current law, that will positively address metal theft in our state. Tlaib’s package of bills introduced April 19 contains a number of provisions that we had proposed in our discussions with the governor’s office. However, the work product incorporated in the package of bills introduced by Tlaib does not contain other provisions that we had proposed and believe are required to reach effective and workable solutions.

Consequently, we cannot lend our support or endorsement to this package of bills in the current form. We intend to continue our effort with our state House and Senate legislators and are hopeful that that effort will result in a package of bills that will provide effective, meaningful and workable solutions.

Lastly, we strongly believe that a legislative effort without including provisions for additional resources to enhance and strengthen the effort of our law enforcement community will prove to be more cosmetic than effective. We have provided specific recommendations and suggestions in this regard and we expect to discuss this very important component with our legislature.

Michigan ISRI Executive Committee

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