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Lawmaker's bills to deter metal theft receive Senate approval


Last updated 5/23/2012 at Noon

RIVERSIDE - An Inland Empire lawmaker's bills to deter copper- related thefts, including the stealing of manhole covers and irrigation pumps, were unanimously approved by the state Senate, it was announced today.

Sen. Bill Emmerson, R-Hemet, said Senate Bills 1045 and 1387 -- both of which he authored -- would require junk dealers to take steps to ensure devices sold as scrap are not stolen, and would impose fines on those dealers who ignore the law.

The legislation must still be vetted by the Assembly.

''Metal theft is still a problem throughout California as the price of metal continue...

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