Metal Theft Bill Clears a Hurdle in Georgia

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

A House Judiciary subcommittee passed its version of metal theft legislation Thursday, eliminating a key provision that would have required checks be mailed to sellers as payment for their goods.

House Bill 872, sponsored by Rep. Jason Shaw, R-Lakeland, includes several of the items contained in a similar bill sponsored by Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, that has been passed out of committee.

Shaw’s bill would eliminate cash payments to metal sellers, instead requiring the money be paid by check or through an electronic funds transfer. The bill does not include a waiting period before sellers can receive the money, but it originally required the check be mailed. Supporters of the provision said the mailing would help deter the thefts and would prevent the instant gratification that fuels much of the crime in the industry.

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