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Conn. mulls metals theft law aimed at municipal property

Keywords: Tags  Connecticut scrap laws, metals theft, Rep. Steven T. Mikutel, recyclers, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Connecticut state legislators are considering a bill that would tighten existing metals theft legislation to try to prevent the unauthorized sale of municipal property to recyclers.

The bill introduced in the Connecticut General Assembly, co-sponsored by state Rep. Steven T. Mikutel, would ban scrap metal processors from purchasing or receiving municipal property without a letter authorizing the sale signed by the municipality’s chief executive officer, and payment for any municipal property acquired by a recycler must be mailed to the municipality’s chief executive.

It is unclear what prompted the proposed change. Mikutel could not be reached for comment.

Connecticut recyclers are already required to hold wire and cable for five days, record extensive details of each transaction and maintain records for two years.

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