(SANDUSKY) -- State Representative Paul Muxlow appeared today at the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department to announce legislation that would place restrictions on the sale and purchase of scrap metal. The legislation is part of a series of bills from Michigan lawmakers aimed at curbing the spike in scrap metal theft seen in recent years. Representative Muxlow says the bills have received plenty of support in Lansing.
"I'm very pleased that this bill is progressing. I think it'll be good to tighten up the rules against scrap metal theft, in addition to the good metal theft. So it's a step in the right direction, and I think there's good support in Lansing to move this bill," Muxlow said.
The legislation would eliminate cash transactions in the sale of scrap metals and require scrap metal dealers to make copies of a seller's ID, as well as take thumbprints. It would also make it a felony punishable by five years in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines for the purchase or sale of stolen scrap metal.
Pictured: State Representative Paul Muxlow is joined by Representative Terry Brown, Undersheriff Brad Roff, Sanilac County Prosecutor Jim Young, and others at the Sanilac County Sheriff's Department.