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Substitute House Bill No. 5506

Public Act No. 14-83

AN ACT CONCERNING SCRAP METAL SOLD ON BEHALF OF MUNICIPALITIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 21-11a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2014):

(a) A scrap metal processor, as defined in section 14-67w, shall record, for all loads of scrap metal purchased or received by such processor, a description of such scrap metal, the weight of such metal, the price paid for such metal and the identification of the person who delivered such metal. Such scrap metal processor shall take a photograph of the motor vehicle delivering such scrap metal, including the license plate of such vehicle. Such scrap metal processor shall not be required to segregate scrap metal it receives from other materials on its premises and hold the same for five days except for wire or cable that could be used in the transmission of telecommunications or data or scrap equipment, wire or cable that could be used in the transmission or distribution of electricity by an electric distribution company unless purchased from (1) a person licensed pursuant to section 29-402 to engage in the business of demolition of buildings, or (2) a person who has already segregated such scrap metal pursuant to this chapter and such person provides such scrap metal processor with a written statement affirming such segregation. Upon receipt of a load of scrap metal [which] that contains wire or cable that could be used in the transmission of telecommunications or data or scrap equipment, wire or cable that could be used in the transmission or distribution of electricity by an electric distribution company, such scrap metal processor shall take a photograph of the motor vehicle delivering such scrap metal, including the license plate of such vehicle, and of such load of scrap metal. Upon receipt of wire or cable that could be used in the transmission of telecommunications or data or scrap equipment, wire or cable that could be used in the transmission or distribution of electricity by an electric distribution company, such scrap metal processor shall make a copy of the certificate of registration of such vehicle, record a description of the material received, and record a statement as to the location from which the material came.

(b) The scrap metal processor shall maintain the documents, photographs and other records required under subsection (a) of this section in good condition and shall retain such records for a period of not less than two years. Such records shall be open for inspection by law enforcement officials upon request during normal business hours.

(c) A scrap metal processor, junk dealer or junk yard owner or operator shall immediately notify a municipal law enforcement authority in the municipality in which such scrap metal processor, junk dealer or junk yard is located of the name, if known, and motor vehicle license plate number, if available, of any person offering to sell a bronze statue, plaque, historical marker, cannon, cannon ball, bell, lamp, lighting fixture, lamp post, architectural artifact or similar item to such scrap metal processor, junk dealer or junk yard owner or operator.

(d) No scrap metal processor, junk dealer or junk yard owner or operator may purchase or receive a stainless steel or aluminum alloy beer or other beverage keg container if such container is marked with an indicia of ownership of any person or entity other than the person or entity presenting such container for sale. For purposes of this subsection, "indicia of ownership" means words, symbols or a registered trademark printed, stamped, etched, attached or otherwise displayed on such container that identify the owner of such container.

(e) No scrap metal processor, junk dealer or junk yard owner or operator may purchase or receive any property that such scrap metal processor, junk dealer or junk yard owner or operator suspects or has reasonable cause to believe is municipal property unless the person delivering such property presents at the time of delivery a letter on the letterhead of the municipality authorizing such purchase or receipt and signed by either (1) the chief executive officer of the municipality, or (2) the head of the municipal department responsible for maintaining such public property. The scrap metal processor, junk dealer or junk yard owner or operator shall send any moneys paid for such municipal property to the official designated in the letter of authorization.

[(e)] (f) A scrap metal processor who has purchased scrap metal that is subsequently determined to have been stolen and is returned to the owner of such metal shall have a civil cause of action against the person from whom such metal was purchased.

[(f)] (g) A first violation of subsection (a), (b), (c), [or] (d) or (e) of this section shall be a class C misdemeanor. A second violation of any of said subsections shall be a class B misdemeanor and a third or subsequent violation of any of said subsections shall be a class A misdemeanor.

Approved June 3, 2014