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Alabama lawmakers approve bill for tougher scrap metal laws

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The Alabama House approved a bill that would help combat the number of metal thefts in the state. The Alabama House approved a bill that would help combat the number of metal thefts in the state.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Attorney General Luther Strange announced that the Alabama House of Representatives has approved a bill in his legislative package to combat the proliferation of metal theft crimes in Alabama. The House voted Thursday 83 to 8 in favor of the bill.

This comes after an increase in the number of copper thefts. Currently buyers have to keep record of all their sales and dealings.

With the new bill, legislatures are proposing that recyclers keep additional records which include photocopying or scanning the ID of the person delivering or selling the metal and taking a picture or videotaping them.

[Click here to read HB278 (PDF)]

The bill would also limit the amount of purchases recyclers can make for certain types of metals like copper. It would also require the buyer to register with the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center.

Buyers could be penalized or face charges for not maintaining those records and for possibly possessing or buying metal that could be stolen.

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