Representative Forese to Hold Press Conference on Metal Theft Bill

| February 6 2013

STATE CAPITOL – Shortly before the Commerce Committee hearing, State Representative Tom Forese (R-Dist. 17) will hold a press conference to discuss HB 2262 (scrap metal; theft). The bill establishes additional procedures for combating metal theft by outlining the powers and duties of the Department of Public Safety in registering and certifying scrap metal dealers.

Below are the key provisions of the legislation:

1. Outlines the powers and duties of the Department:

  • Adopt necessary rules.
  • Administer and enforce the adopted rules.
  • Submit a report annually to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives which includes the statewide number of registered scrap metal dealers, the number of violations by registered dealers, and the number of dealers conducting business without being registered.
  • Requires all state law enforcement to register with a free theft notification website which allows a law enforcement agency to remit detailed descriptions of stolen items to recycling operations and other law enforcement agencies within a 100 mile radius.

2. Requires scrap metal dealers to register with DPS:

  • Instructs a person to submit an application for approval.
  • Stipulates the registration certificate expires every two years.
  • Directs DPS to charge and collect fees to cover the costs of initial and renewal registration.

3. Authorizes DPS to suspend, revoke, refuse to issue or renew a registration certificate.

4. Removes $25 minimum reporting requirement.

5. Excludes aluminum beverage containers from transaction recording requirements.

6. Permits local municipalities and counties to enforce laws relating to Dealers’ business licensing.

7. Instructs the President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives of the 56th Legislature, 1st Regular Session (2023), to appoint a Joint Legislative Committee on Metal Theft to determine the effectiveness of the pertinent provisions of law in deterring crime and to ascertain the costs of compliance to the metal industries.

WHAT: Press Conference on Metal Theft/HB 2262

WHEN: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 – 9:00 AM

WHERE: Arizona House of Representatives, State Capitol, Rose Garden

WHO: In attendance will be:

  • State Representative Tom Forese (R-Dist. 17)
  • Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
  • Phoenix City Councilman Sal Diciccio
  • Bill Woods, Pastor – Desert Hope Wesleyan Church
  • Michael A. Pollack, President – Michael A. Pollack Real Estate Investments

HOUSE COMMERCE COMMITTEE TO HEAR CRUCIAL METAL THEFT BILL

HB 2262 (scrap metal dealers; registration) is set to be heard in the House Commerce Committee next Wednesday, February 6th at 10:00 am. The legislation, sponsored by Representative Tom Forese (R-Dist. 17), amends current law to authorize the creation of an unprecedented theft notification system that will be free to use. It will allow law enforcement personnel to send detailed descriptions of stolen items to recycling operations and other law enforcement agencies within at least a one hundred mile radius of a theft site in real-time.

The website will also allow scrap metal dealers to alert law enforcement personnel when dealers are offered suspicious materials. Aside from those measures, the legislation also authorizes the creation of a state registration for scrap dealers. The bill stipulates that the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House will appoint a joint legislative committee on metal theft that is to be composed of legislators who will review the effectiveness of A.R.S. 13‑1820, 28‑3511 and that of the statute created once HB 2262 is signed into law.

The committee will also assess how the legislation has deterred crime and impacted the costs related to compliance for industries affected by its implementation. The committee will be required to report its findings to the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House by December 1, 2023.Historically, damage caused by metal theft has led to utility service interruptions, the need for costly equipment repairs and is often more expensive to repair than the value of the material being stolen.

Representative Forese cited the value of the bill stating, “Metal theft is a crime that has exceedingly negative economic and social effects. I am proud of the work we have accomplished in the interim which allowed us to bring forward this invaluable legislation that will give Arizona the national lead in combating this crime.”

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