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Published on Friday, February 22, 2013

Metals theft bill moves

HB 1552 passed out of the House Public Safety Committee on February 21 with some changes. The bill will still create a licensing scheme for scrap metal business, establish a no-buy list, and expand criminal penalties for theft. The amendment narrows the scope of the seizure and forfeiture provisions and makes the no-buy database only operable when there is sufficient funding appropriated. The bill originally stated that individuals with certain crimes in the last ten years were not eligible to sell metal – the amendment shortens that time frame to four years. It also removes a provision that law enforcement would be notified when individuals on the no-buy list attempt to sell metal and makes other technical changes.

AWC has worked closely with the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Goodman (D-Kirkland) and we support the bill in its current form.

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