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Bill would amend, clarify last year’s anti-metal theft law

A sweeping anti-metal theft bill that lawmakers passed last year would be amended, after a group including scrap metal dealers, agriculture interests, utilities and more worked over the summer on refinements. This afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee vote unanimously to introduce the new bill, brought forward by Rep. Luke Malek, R-Coeur d’Alene.  The amendments reduce the instances in which a scrap dealer could be charged with a felony; provide more detail on when those dealers must photograph their customers; and clarify definitions. “This was built through consensus,” Malek told the committee. Today’s introduction clears the way for a full hearing on the bill in the committee.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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