Kentucky Lawmakers Considering Plan For New Scrap Metal Policies

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky lawmakers are considering a plan
aimed at stopping thieves from stealing scrap metal and reselling
it for money.

People hawking scrap metals would have to provide buyers with
their personal information and copies of their photo IDs. Rep. Mike
Denham, the bill's sponsor, said he wants to crack down on people
stealing various metals - such as copper, aluminum or platinum - to
fetch high prices on the resale market.

"It's happening all over," Denham said. "It's a major

As the price of scrap metal has increased, so has the number of
scrap metal thefts across the state. Members of the House Judiciary
Committee heard anecdotes Wednesday of people stealing copper
telephone wire, aluminum from homes and catalytic converters off
the undersides of parked cars.

Denham said beefing up Kentucky's current law that already
requires scrap metal buyers to keep information on people they buy
copper from is needed. Scrap metal buyers are also required to
report those transactions to police within 24 hours.

The proposal being considered in the Kentucky House would expand
the information that's kept on sellers and the types of metals that
would trigger the enhanced record-keeping. Recyclers would also
have to maintain records of their transactions under the proposal.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 28, 2008 at 01:42 PM
    well i hope this works but i dont think it will. i guess they need there drug money . well hope they get caught and put in jail. get a job stop stealing.
  • by Crystal Location: Corbin on Feb 28, 2008 at 07:15 AM
    How refreshing! This is exactly what needs to be done, and should have been done long ago. I, along with everyone else who has any common sense, has said all along that the problem lies with the places that accept the stolen goods. They should be cracked down on because there would not be anywhere for the theives to take the stolen goods to get the $$ in the first place which would prevent them from stealing. Thank you lawmakers for using some common sense and taking the initiative to get it done NOW!
  • by Bill on Feb 28, 2008 at 05:26 AM
    Come on people if new phone cable shows up at a dealer.They know it been stole.We lose phone service at least one a month.They steal the same lenght of cable, in the same place every time. How hard could it be to catch them.
  • by doug Location: hyden on Feb 28, 2008 at 04:25 AM
    Good. This is what you were elected to do. Laws to protect. Not laws to gouge and tax.


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