Lawmakers Revive Talks Over Scrap Metal Theft

Mar 17, 2014

There’s a new push in Lansing to pass legislation meant to fight scrap metal theft in Michigan.

We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher.

Supporters of the legislation say votes on the bills could come as early as this week. There’s been disagreement for months over how to make sure there’s a paper trail whenever someone sells commonly-stolen items to a scrap yard.

State Representative Rashida Tlaib says that’s crucial to cracking down on theft.

“It’s really hard for prosecutors and for law enforcement to do their jobs when there’s little-to-no evidence,” she says.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan visited the state Capitol earlier this month to urge lawmakers to pass the legislation.