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2013 House Bill 4593: Expand scrap metal regulatory regime
  1. Introduced by Rep. Paul Muxlow (R) on April 18, 2013, to expand a scrap metal dealer regulatory regime authorized by a 2008 law that imposed new regulations and record keeping requirements on sales of nonferrous scrap metal, so that it also applies to sales of scrap iron (ferrous metals). This and House Bill 4594 would also add new regulations, including a three-day delay on payments to individuals selling "scrapped" catalytic converters, air conditioners and stripped copper wire; require dealers to examine the identification of individual sellers; require dealers to keep photographs of the purchased scrap metal; and more.
    • Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on April 18, 2013.
      • Reported in the House on October 1, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on October 24, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on October 24, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Paul Muxlow (R) on October 24, 2013, to clarify various details of the proposed regulations. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on October 24, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Paul Muxlow (R) on October 24, 2013, to clarify various details of proposed regulations as they relate to commercial scrap metal sellers (vs. individuals). The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on October 24, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Paul Muxlow (R) on October 24, 2013, to revise details of the proposed three-day waiting period for payment to individual sellers. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on October 24, 2013.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Martin Howrylak (R) on October 31, 2013, to clarify a detail in the definition of "non-ferrous" metals. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on October 31, 2013.
  2. Passed 98 to 9 in the House on October 31, 2013, to expand a scrap metal dealer regulatory regime authorized by a 2008 law that imposed new regulations and record keeping requirements on sales of nonferrous scrap metal, so that it also applies to sales of scrap iron (ferrous metals). This and House Bill 4595 would also add new regulations, including a three-day delay on payments to individuals selling "scrapped" catalytic converters, air conditioners and stripped copper wire; require dealers to examine the identification of individual sellers; require dealers to keep photographs of the purchased scrap metal; and more.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on November 5, 2013.
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development Committee on November 5, 2013.
      • Reported in the Senate on December 5, 2013, with the recommendation that the substitute (S-3) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the Senate on December 11, 2013. The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 11, 2013.
  4. Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 11, 2013, to expand a scrap metal dealer regulatory regime authorized by a 2008 law that imposed new regulations and record keeping requirements on sales of nonferrous scrap metal, so that it also applies to sales of scrap iron (ferrous metals). The bill would require the scrap metal industry to create a real time database of each purchase by a scrap metal dealer of "scrapped" catalytic converters, air conditioners and stripped copper wire; until it did so the bill would impose a three-day delay on payments to individuals who sell these things. It would also require dealers to check sellers against this database, keep photographs of the purchased scrap metal, and more.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  5. Received in the House on December 11, 2013.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on March 19, 2014, to replace the latest version of the bill with one that that imposes greater restrictions on payments by dealers for purchases of commonly stolen forms of metal, among other changes. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on March 19, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Paul Muxlow (R) on March 19, 2014, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises many details following negotiations over how rigorous the restrictions should be on forms of payment dealers may use to buy certain commonly stolen items, on details of a proposed real-time statewide scrap metal purchase database, and dealer recordkeeping requirements and more. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 19, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on March 19, 2014, to require rather than permit the scrap metal industry to create a real-time statewide scrap metal purchase database. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 19, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on March 19, 2014, to require all payments for purchases of certain commonly stolen items to be sent by mail to the seller's address as indicated on valid form of identification, rather than just payments greater than $25. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 19, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) on March 19, 2014, to impose more restrictive dealer payment options if the level of insurance claims for metal theft losses in Michigan remains exceptionally high. The amendment failed by voice vote in the House on March 19, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on March 19, 2014, to revise the effective dates of various provisions. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 19, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on March 19, 2014, to prohibit purchases by scrap metal dealers of silver allow telecommunications batteries with threaded insert terminal connections. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 19, 2014.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Klint Kesto (R) on March 19, 2014, to revise details related to State Police approval of the proposed real-time statewide scrap metal purchase database. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 19, 2014.
  6. Passed 98 to 12 in the House on March 19, 2014, to expand an existing scrap metal dealer regulatory regime that applies to purchases of nonferrous scrap metal so that it also applies to purchases of scrap iron (ferrous metals). The bill would also impose restrictions on the form of payment a dealer could use to purchase "scrapped" catalytic converters, air conditioners and stripped copper wire. Payment in cash would be prohibited, and payments greater than $25 would have to be sent by mail to the seller's address as indicated on valid form of identification. If the scrap metal industry creates a real time database of each purchase, some payment restrictions would be less stringent. The bills would also require dealers to keep specified records of sellers and purchased items, and more.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  7. Received in the Senate on March 20, 2014.
  8. Passed 30 to 6 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  9. Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on March 20, 2014, by which the bill was passed. The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 20, 2014.
  10. Received in the Senate on March 20, 2014.
  11. Passed 31 to 6 in the Senate on March 20, 2014, to concur with the House-passed version of the bill.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

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