NEW YORK Legislators in
Michigan have introduced three bills to the state House of
Representatives aimed at combatting metals theft.
The bills, introduced by Rep.
Eileen Kowall (R., District 44) and Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D.,
District 17), allocate additional resources to law enforcement
agencies dealing with the issue.
"The bills respond to the most
prevalent complaint heard across the state regarding the metal
theft epidemic: the lack of law enforcement resources to combat
metal theft, or even to respond to the telephone calls
reporting metal theft in progress," the Detroit-based
Responsible Recyclers Association (RRA) said.
The bill also calls for state
police to develop an offenders registry to assist
recyclers in identifying known metals thieves. The registry
would be funded by a point-of-sale transaction fee that would
be assessed by recyclers.
"The Responsible Recyclers
Association conservatively estimates that the collection of
transaction fees will generate more than $13 million per year,
statutorily earmarked for the exclusive use by law enforcement
to deter, investigate and prosecute metal theft perpetrators,"
the group said. "This would enable the hiring of hundreds of
law enforcement officers statewide devoted exclusively to
combating metal theft."