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State Legislative Update

By the end of July only 9 states will still be in their regular sessions, but between special sessions and automatic carryover provisions, even bills in those states that have "finished" for the year could easily be revived later this year or next.

ISRI is currently tracking over 600 state bills and regulations across the nation; if you'd like to find out what changes could impact your company, visit ISRI's State Legislative Tracking System or contact Danielle Waterfield or Justin Short if you have any questions about the system or legislation impacting your state.

Texas legislators have added a new wrinkle to the state's metals theft laws with the passage of Texas SB 208, adding recordkeeping, reporting, and penalty provisions related to purchase of an "explosive device" by a metal recycling entity. It criminalizes the knowing sale or purchase of an explosive device, and requires recyclers who unknowingly purchase or otherwise obtain such a device to notify the Department of Public Safety; recyclers may also notify law enforcement or the nearest military installation so that the device may be removed or disposed of as soon as possible.

Other bills passed recently are more mundane; Louisiana amended penalties related to metals theft, while Kansas delayed the implementation of their statewide reporting system until January 1, 2019. Pennsylvania also just created a new offense for the theft of secondary metal, punishable as up to a felony of the third degree.

Arizona, Kentucky, Maryland, and Oklahoma also passed metals theft amendments earlier in the year. To keep updated on the most recent versions of the law ISRI members are encouraged to visit ISRI's metals theft law summaries available on ISRI's State Specific Policy Resources pages (member login required) and the Metals Theft Law Database

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