Judiciary Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-7239

Title:

AN ACT PREVENTING THE THEFT OF COPPER.

Vote Date:

3/14/2007

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/26/2007

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

AT&T Connecticut

REASONS FOR BILL:

Due to an increased worldwide demand for metals such as copper, theft of copper has increased throughout the nation, including Connecticut. AT&T has experienced theft of copper from storage facilities and would like to stem the tide since the utilization of copper is a critical part of the communications infrastructure.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Nothing submitted.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

AT&T Connecticut: It would require better identification and reporting of copper transactions by mandating scrap metal processors to comply with state and local licensing and registration requirements applicable to junk dealers.

Today, junk dealers are subject to a variety of requirements to which scrap metal processors are exempt. The sale of copper to a junk dealer requires the seller to provide identifying information which is recorded and reported. Thus, if the copper was stolen, a paper trail is created which assists law enforcement in locating the thief. Conversely, an individual selling copper to a scrap metal processor need not provide such information, thereby impeding law enforcement efforts.

Better identification and reporting discourages criminal activity because it increases the likelihood of apprehension.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Nothing submitted

Reported by: Jared Kupiec

Date: 3/15/07

Diana H. Caliendo