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Lawmakers renew push to crack down on scrap metal thefts

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The House Public Safety Committee will hear testimony next week on a bill that would expand laws aimed at curbing the problem of scrap metal theft around the state.

House Bill 1552, sponsored by Rep. Roger Goodman (D-Kirkland), would require a scrap metal license for processors, recyclers and suppliers.

Last year, the legislature passed another bill sponsored by Goodman that created a task force to create purchasing restrictions and regulations on scrap metal.

In addition to licenses, the new bill would also authorize local law enforcement and the Washington State Patrol to inspect the property and records of scrap metal businesses.

In recent years, numerous communities throughout the state have been plagued by scrap metal thieves who have nabbed everything from automobile carburetors to copper wiring.

The bill also establishes a state-wide metal theft prevention authority, tasked with determining the scope of the problem and developing a plan to fix it. Eighteen House members have signed onto the bill.

The committee hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 8 a.m.

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