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2006 House Bill 6599: Raise penalties for buying stolen scrap metal

Public Act 675 of 2006

  1. Introduced by Rep. Mary Waters (D) on November 9, 2006, to expand licensure requirements, and make it a felony for a junk dealers and scrap metal processors to accept material that they know is stolen, subject to up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine, depending on the source of the stolen material. The bill would also impose new recordkeeping requirements on these dealers, including a mandate that they record the fingerprint of a person selling scrap metal, and where the scrap was obtained. The bill comes in response to a rash of copper cable thefts in Detroit and other locations.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on November 9, 2006.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Mary Waters (D) on November 30, 2006, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance of the bill as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on November 30, 2006.
  2. Passed 69 to 31 in the House on November 30, 2006.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on December 6, 2006.
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development, Small Business and Regulatory Reform Committee on December 6, 2006.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 14, 2006, to exempt foundries and scrap processors from the bill. It would just apply to "retail" junk dealers. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 14, 2006.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 14, 2006, to expand licensure requirements, and make it a felony for a junk dealers and scrap metal processors to accept material that they know is stolen, subject to up to five years in prison and $10,000 fine, depending on the source of the stolen material. The bill would also impose new recordkeeping requirements on these dealers, including a mandate that they record the fingerprint of a person selling scrap metal, and where the scrap was obtained. The bill comes in response to a rash of copper cable thefts in Detroit and other locations.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 14, 2006, to concur with the Senate-passed version of the bill. Passed 76 to 29 in the House on December 14, 2006.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. Signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm on January 8, 2007.

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