Michigan Senate approves bill to tighten scrap metal market rules

House Bill 4593 meant to help law enforcement crack down on metal thieves, scrappers

LANSING, Mich. - A day after the Michigan House gave its overwhelming approval, the state Senate has given final approval for a bill to tighten rules in the scrap metal market.

The approvals come after legislators compromised over how to regulate sales of the most-stolen items -- copper wire, air conditioners and catalytic converters.

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Scrapyards will only buy those items by mailing a check or debit card to sellers unless the payment is under $25.

Legislators have differed over a proposed three-day waiting period for payment.

Thieves are known to target abandoned dwellings to strip copper wiring and other metal. Law enforcement says the legislation will help crack down on the problem.

In a statement released Thursday, Gov. Rick Snyder said the bill "creates more tools for law enforcement to fight these destructive crimes."

"We cannot allow thieves to continue to damage our homes, farms, utilities and public property," Snyder said in the statement. "But more importantly, by damaging safety items such as street lights and traffic signals, these criminals are putting our residents at risk and hurting our quality of life. That's unacceptable."

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