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California governor vetoes latest scrap metal theft bill

Keywords: Tags  scrap metal legislation, veto, Gov. Jerry Brown, Gov. Chris Christie, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — 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? What’s really missing today is robust enforcement of our laws."

The bill sought to amend the state’s 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 Brown’s desk since early September (, 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 requirements” (, Oct. 7).

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