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Michigan House OKs metal theft bill after deal

Mar 20th, 2014 - State News

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have brokered a deal over legislation to better restrict sales of stolen metal.

The state House Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill to tighten rules in the scrap metal market. The vote came after legislators compromised over how to regulate sales of the most-stolen items — copper wire, air conditioners and catalytic converters.

Scrapyards will only buy those items by mailing a check or debit card to sellers unless the payment is under $25. The bill's expected to win final approval in the Senate Thursday.

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.

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