LANSING, MI - The Michigan House this week approved legislation designed to discourage scrap metal theft.Under the plan, all scrap metal sales of $25 and over would require a check be mailed to the seller, while sales below that could be paid on the spot with an encrypted debit card. All cash sales for scrap metal would be outlawed. State Representative Klint Kesto, of Oakland County, says that the new rules will help bring an end to cash scrap metal sales of air conditioner components, catalytic converters, and copper wire, which are most often the targets of metal thieves. He says such crimes are a problem statewide:
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