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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: October 1, 2013 09:12 AM
From: Representative Kevin J. Boyle and Rep. John Taylor
To: All House members
Subject: Implementing a State-wide Scrap Metal Transaction Database
In the near future we will be introducing legislation implementing a state-wide scrap metal transaction database. Scrap metal theft is a serious, ongoing problem that defies easy detection and apprehension of thieves.

Act 113 of 2008, known as the Scrap Material Theft Prevention Act, empowers law enforcement to physically inspect sales records at scrap processing plants. However, current efforts are proving to be disjointed and inefficient, requiring significant time commitment and follow-up by officers. Our legislation is an effort to make investigation and enforcement simpler, while ensuring uniformity across the state.

The bill would amend Act 113 by creating a database and requiring scrap processors to register with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office. The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office would also be in charge of maintaining the new database. My efforts are based on similar effective laws in Tennessee and Ohio.

Scrap metal theft affects each district in the state. We owe consumers and law enforcement the best tools available to provide a simple, yet powerful solution that prevents theft. Please join us in supporting this important legislation.

Introduced as HB1868