© 2022 WOSU Public Media
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Ohio House Clears Bill To Curb Scrap Metal Theft

A bill that aims to curb the theft of scrap metal has cleared the Ohio House. The measure passed Tuesday on an 81-10 vote. It would require dealers to photograph anyone who sells them scrap. Dealers couldn't buy from anyone who refuses to be photographed, and they'd have to keep the pictures for 60 days. Under the measure, dealers must also register with the state's director of public safety. High prices for copper and other metals in a struggling economy have spurred thefts of scrap-metal, leading to millions of dollars in losses and property damage as thieves rip away air conditioners, plumbing and cables from homes and businesses. The state Senate unanimously cleared an earlier version of the bill, and it would have to agree to House changes.