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Legislators plan scrap metal office

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. ••

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