Gov. Snyder signs scrap metal bill into law

For Immediate Release
April 10, 2014

Contact: Dave Biswas

LANSING, Mich.— Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday signed into law a bill that provides tools to help police combat metal theft, an epidemic that puts Michiganders at risk and hurts businesses and communities, Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, said.

HB 4593, now Public Act 99 of 2014, includes reforms to make it more difficult for criminals to sell the materials, collecting information from scrap metal sellers at the point of sale to give law enforcement a much-needed paper trail. The bill also prohibits cash payment for scrap metal, and payment of more than $25 would be required to be mailed to an address listed on a valid form of identification for copper wiring and pipes, catalytic converters and air conditioners, some of the most commonly stolen materials.