Congress has just introduced a new bill that will strictly regulate interactions between sellers and buyers of scrap metal. The bill is designed to deter scrap metal thieves from selling stolen items, but the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries protests that the real outcome will just be more hassle for the law-abiding scrap metal dealers. Where do you stand? Read on to find out:
U.S. Congress Introduces Metal Theft Bill
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and U.S. Representative Erik Paulsen (R-MN) have introduced bipartisan federal legislation that addresses metal theft. The bill was introduced Feb. 12 in the Senate by Senators Klobuchar and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Paulsen introduced the legislation with Representatives Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Lee Terry (R-NE).
The Secondary Metal Theft Prevention Act of 2009 is aimed at thieves who steal metal from a variety of vulnerable targets and sell it as a scrap for a quick profit.
“The vast majority of scrap metal dealers are perfectly legitimate and law abiding,” said Klobuchar. “This law is designed to deter the thieves. The harder it is for them to sell the stolen goods, the less likely it is they’ll steal in the first place.””This common sense legislation will reduce crime and drug use and address the growing epidemic of metal theft in our area,” said Paulsen. “The thefts of these materials have important economic and homeland security implications and we need to do everything we can to help ensure this problem is solved.”