Michigan will have to wait a little while longer to find out
the outcome of a set of proposed bills aimed at curbing metals
Voting was slated for
June 18, but the Michigan House Regulatory Reform Commission
ended its final scheduled meeting before summer with no vote.
Voting has now been delayed until fall.
measuresintroduced by Rep. Eileen Kowall (R., District
44) and Rep. Phil Cavanagh (D., District 17)have
bipartisan support and are widely supported by law enforcement
agencies, although they have faced heavy opposition from the
recycling industry (
amm.com, June 17).
"The problem is that
these bills will not cure thieving. ... The legislators have no
idea or respect for the scrap industry. They are treating us
like a pawn shopyou dont need a pawn shop, but you
need scrapyards. The easiest thing to do is to pass a bill for
sellers to have a scrap license. That way, everyone would
always be on record," one recycler said.
"We actually had
licenses as part of the bill when it was introduced three years
ago, but (the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries)
didnt like the idea. ... We are, however, still trying to
target the individuals so they are not invisible. We have seen
far too many arrests that dont lead to convictions,"
state Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Detroit), a co-sponsor of the
"If these bills get
passed, it will be drudgery for the scrap industry in Michigan.
... I am glad that they have been delayed. Hopefully, it will
allow more time for lawmakers to consider the issue more
thoughtfully," a second recycler said.
"The police want us to
be the police," a third recycler said. "Its insane."