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Ohio Senate Passes Bill to Discourage Theft of Copper and other Metals

State senators Wednesday approved a bill that aims to crackdown on metal thieves.

The price of copper has quadruple in the past five years, and the price other metals has also increased. That has prompted thieves to strip aluminum siding from houses and to swipe copper piping from businesses.

Under the Senate bill, people who sell scrap metal to dealers would have to prove their identity. Also, those who try to sell suspicious items would have to prove ownership.

Minority Democrats argued against one provision in the measure that blocks Ohio cities from enacting their own tougher laws, but majority Republicans argued that provision was needed for uniformity. In the end, the bill passed on a vote of 24 to 8. Now, it moves to the Ohio House.