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Published on Friday, February 8, 2013

Metal theft bill hearing to continue on February 12

HB 1552, a bill addressing concerns on metal theft was originally scheduled for hearing on February 5 in the House Public Safety Committee. However, the outpouring of people wishing to testify motivated Rep. Goodman (D-Kirkland), the bill’s prime sponsor and chair of the committee, to continue the discussion on a second day to accommodate the number of testifiers. This is an important issue for many cities. Federal Way representatives testified on the vast damages and costs the city has incurred due to metal theft.

The bill creates a licensing system for the scrap metal business and creates a database to help determine whether a potential client is licensed to sell the products. It also allows for civil forfeiture for any property used in the crime. AWC supports this bill.

Additionally, a related bill (HB 1756) regarding scrap metal will also be discussed. This bill has similar language to HB 1552, however there are some concerns. It appears that forfeiture would only occur when someone tries to sell the metals without a license, but not when trafficking or having unlawful possession.

Both bills will be addressed on February 12 at 8:30am in a joint hearing of the House Business & Financial Services Committee and the Public Safety Committee. The hearing will be in House Hearing Room B.

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