(AREA) -- The House Regulatory Reform Committee has approved legislation introduced by State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City, instituting safeguards in the scrap metal industry to protect those who buy and sell metals for recycling. House Bill 4593 was revised during a summer work group, where stakeholders in the scrap metal industry weighed in on what is necessary to prevent theft. The bill specifically addresses transactions involving copper, air conditioning components and catalytic converters, which are the three items most often involved in scrap metal theft. A companion bill, HB 4595, specifies punishment for metal theft. The bills cleared the committee with strong bipartisan support. They now go to the full House for consideration.