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General Assembly passes bill to stop copper theft

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - People who sell scrap metal won't get an
immediate payoff under legislation that has cleared the General
Assembly.

The measure requires people who sell copper and other recyclable
metals to be paid by check that would be sent by mail, a move that
could give police names and addresses if the metals are later found
to be stolen.

The House voted 92-0 Monday for final passage of the bill, which
now goes to Gov. Steve Beshear to be signed into law.

The bill's sponsor, Democratic state Rep. Tanya Pullin of South
Shore, said metal thieves have taken guardrails, manhole covers,
catalytic converters, utility lines and even rooftop air
conditioning units. Nationwide, copper thefts are estimated to cost
businesses $1 billion a year.
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The legislation is House Bill 390.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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