A Michigan House committee has approved legislation to monitor sale of scrap metal and other frequently stolen materials.
The proposal has bipartisan support in the Republican-controlled Legislature and the backing of Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
The House Regulatory Reform Committee on Tuesday passed two bills sponsored by Republican Rep. Paul Muxlow of Brown City and Democratic Sen. Jim Ananich of Flint.
The legislation heading to the full House (pictured) would reportedly expand the type of metals subject to recycling regulations in Michigan. It would create a paper trail to help police and prosecutors gather evidence on thieves.
The bills ban cash sales of commonly stolen copper wire, catalytic converters and air conditioners and set a 3-day waiting period for some purchases.