California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill aimed at
preventing scrap metal theft, telling legislators to start
enforcing existing laws.
"I signed four bills
last year to prevent more theft," the governor wrote in a
letter announcing his decision. "How much more do you need?
Whats really missing today is robust enforcement of our
The bill sought to
amend the states Business and Professions Code to force
nonferrous scrap sellers to wait three days before receiving
payment in the form of a check. The rule previously applied
only to transactions exceeding $20.
The legislation had
been sitting on Browns desk since early September
(amm.com, Sept. 23).
Brown pointed out that
sellers already must wait for payment, and recyclers have been
required to gather a host of documentation as well as video and
photographic evidence of each transaction.
New Jersey Gov. Chris
Christie vetoed similar scrap metal theft legislation last
month, saying that businesses that abide by the law
should not be penalized with overly burdensome
amm.com, Oct. 7).