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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: February 27, 2013 10:34 AM
From: Senator Michael L. Waugh
To: All Senate members
Subject: Creating Offense of Theft of Secondary Metals
I plan to introduce legislation amending Title 18 (Crimes & Offenses) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to add a new section concerning the theft of secondary metal. This proposal is in response to rising prices for metals, including copper, and to deter the theft of wire, cable, or pipe from homes, businesses, construction sites, and utility infrastructure. Theft of these materials poses very real concern for the public, ranging from disruption of services to serious catastrophe.

The bill would define “secondary metal” as “wire, pipe or cable commonly used by communications, gas or electrical utilities, railroads, mass transit or commuter rail agencies, or copper, aluminum or other metal, or combination of metals, that is valuable for recycling or reuse.” The theft of secondary metal would be a misdemeanor of the third degree when the value of the metal is less than $50, a misdemeanor of the second degree if the value of the metal is between $50 and $200, a misdemeanor of the first degree if the value of the metal is between $200 and $1,000 and a felony of the third degree when the value of the metal is more than $1,000.

If you have any questions regarding this legislation, please contact Chris Naylor in my office at 787-3817 or cnaylor@pasen.gov .

Introduced as SB688