MN Lawmakers Considering Bill To Curb Copper Wire Theft

(St. Paul, MN) — Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill designed to discourage thieves who steal copper wire. The bill would require anyone trying to sell copper wire in Minnesota to get a license. A House committee advanced the bill yesterday and the Senate is scheduled to hear its version today. Mayors from around the state are supporting the bill because the thefts are expensive to repair and create a public safety hazard. Opponents say the plan may lead to less recycling by businesses and individuals who are legally allowed to sell copper wire.

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