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Mass. considers rules for secondary metals dealers

November 25, 2013

BOSTON (AP) — State lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at reducing the theft of secondary metals.

The legislation recently approved by the Senate requires secondary metals dealers to register with local police departments and to keep records and receipts of all transactions. Dealers also would have to keep photographs and descriptions of most pieces of metal valued above $250.

Secondary metals are produced from other scrap metals or alloys.

Senate President Therese Murray credits a Bourne police officer with the idea of regulating the metals. Lt. Richard Silvestro told Murray that he had noticed an uptick in thefts of catalytic converters and copper.

The bill, which could be taken up by the House next year, also would prohibit dealers from accepting certain items such as street signs, manhole covers and beer kegs.

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