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Legislative Update

While most states have been shying away from massive rewrites of their metals theft laws in recent years, several states are considering amendments that could greatly impact purchases of ferrous and nonferrous scrap.

We've outlined a few of the most pressing amendments below, but you can use the materials theft or scrap metal reports on ISRI's State Resources and Tracking Pages to find out more and view the bill profile pages and text.

Passed to Date

  • SD HB 1082: $100 cash payment threshold for nonferrous metal property.
  • IN SB 471: penalties for damaging a "critical infrastructure facility"; includes changes to the penalties for theft of valuable metal.
  • AR SB 365: eliminates the requirement that the operator of the reporting database report a list of all scrap recyclers in a county that have not filed a daily electronic record of scrap metal purchases.

Pending Legislation of Concern

  • KS SB 219: transfers the reporting database (currently set for 2020) from the AG to the Kansas Bur. Of Inv., modifies recordkeeping and registration. Formerly included a weight based excise tax on purchases of over 100 lbs. of metal. Legislators will decide on final language during the first week of March.
  • MO SB 492: copper peddler licensing, Payment restrictions, reporting, and hold on copper property & HVAC; Recordkeeping and retention requirements; Required registration with ScrapTheftAlert.com; Purchase restrictions on high voltage transmission cables, historical markers, new materials and tools used by contractors, HVAC components, and catalytic converters.
  • TX HB 1530 / SB 616: for metal recycling entity registration, authorizes criminal history checks from FBI & fingerprinting.
  • LA HB 233: removes payment restrictions for secondhand dealers, but not for scrap metal recyclers
  • New York: several active bills

Go deeper: If you'd like to find out what changes could impact your company, visit ISRI's State Policy page or contact Danielle Waterfield if you have any questions about the system or legislation impacting your state. ISRI has also added live legislative and regulatory reports to the State Resources and Tracking pages to make keeping up-to-date in your state easier.

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