Lawmakers attempt to curb metal thefts

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - A northeastern Kentucky lawmaker pressed
Thursday for legislation aimed at limiting theft of copper and
other recyclable metals.

Democratic state Rep. Tanya Pullin of South Shore said the
proposal would bar scrap yards from paying cash for metal. Instead,
they would have to pay by check that would be sent by mail, a move
that could give police names and addresses for people if the metals
are later discovered to be stolen.

Theft of wiring and pipes in homes and businesses has been
costly in Kentucky. Pullin said the proposal could limit economic
losses and the inconvenience of power outages and protect would-be thieves from electrocution.
The legislation is House Bill 390.

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