(AREA) -- The Michigan House has voted for more restrictions on the sale of stolen copper and other scrap metals. Legislation, introduced by State Representative Paul Muxlow of Brown City, was approved 98-9 Thursday. It aims to combat scrap metal theft by making dealers keep better records of transactions so police can review them. It also would put certain items off limits to sales without the owner's permission and delay payments for equipment like catalytic converters and air conditioners. The bills now go to the Senate, which has been working on related legislation. A Michigan law that took effect in 2009 regulates the purchase and sale of scrap metals. But law enforcement and others say more must be done to stop a growing problem in cities and in rural areas with farms and railroads.
PICTURED: State Rep. Paul Muxlow, R-Brown City (left), receives a congratulatory handshake today from state Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, after the House passed Muxlow's scrap metal reform legislation. Kesto headed up a summer work group to hammer out details on the legislation.