State Reps. Kevin Boyle (D-172nd dist.) and John Taylor (R-177th dist.) announced that they plan to introduce legislation to implement a statewide scrap metal office.
The bill would amend the Scrap Material Theft Prevention Act by creating a database and requiring scrap processors to register with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.
“Because the economy is still struggling and metal prices are high, scrap metal theft is a serious, ongoing problem that defies easy detection and apprehension of thieves,” Boyle said. “We owe consumers and law enforcement the best tools available to provide a simple, yet powerful solution that prevents theft.”
“Existing law gives law enforcement the power to physically inspect sales records at scrap processing plants,” Taylor said. “However, current efforts are proving to be disjointed and inefficient, requiring significant time, commitment and follow-up by officers.”
The legislation, based on similar laws in Tennessee and Ohio, is an effort to make investigation and enforcement simpler, while ensuring uniformity across the state. ••