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Missouri lawmakers pass copper theft bill

By Marshall Griffin, KWMU

Jefferson City, MO – Legislation designed to prevent copper and aluminum theft has passed the Missouri Senate.

The bill requires scrap metal dealers to obtain a copy of a photo I.D. of anyone trying to sell them more than $50 worth of metal.

The bill's handler in the Senate was Rob Mayer (R, Dexter).

"They're (going to) have to maintain a record of the transaction, who that person was, the date and the time, and define what was involved in the transaction...they're (going to) have to keep those records maintained for a 24-month period, and make those available for inspection by any law enforcement official," Mayer said.

The bill has already passed the Missouri House and now goes to Governor Blunt for his signature.

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