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Michigan House OKs scrap metal bill after deal

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LANSING, Mich. - Michigan lawmakers have brokered a deal over legislation to better restrict sales of stolen metal.

The state House Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill to tighten rules in the scrap metal market. The vote came after legislators compromised over how to regulate sales of the most-stolen items - copper wire, air conditioners and catalytic converters.

Scrapyards will only buy those items by mailing a check or debit card to sellers unless the payment is under $25. The bill's expected to win final approval in the Senate Thursday.

Legislators have differed over a proposed three-day waiting period for payment.

Thieves are known to target abandoned dwellings to strip copper wiring and other metal. Law enforcement says the legislation will help crack down on the problem.

Mayor Mike Duggan says the passage of House Bill 4593 is "great news."

He released a full statement saying:

"Today's passage of HB 4593 is great news for Detroit and every other community that has struggled with the issue of illegal scrappers. Not only does it create an important paper trail for law enforcement, it removes many of the incentives, such as immediate cash payment, that have made it all too easy for scrappers to profit from the dismantling of our city.

This version of the bill gives us everything we asked for and is a great example of the kind of bi-partisan cooperation I expect we will see more of going forward. Speaker Jase Bolger deserves a great deal of credit for his leadership in getting this important legislation through the House, as do Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Sen. Virgil Smith and the rest of our Detroit delegation, as well as Rep. Paul Muxlow. We're confident the Senate will concur with the changes made in the House and pass the bill tomorrow. We anticipate that Gov. Snyder will sign it as soon as Friday."

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