New law aims to stop scrap metal thefts

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Senate Bill 193 has passed the House and the Senate, and Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the bill soon.

The bill would require scrap metal businesses to pay new fees to help the state establish a database of dealers, sellers, and metal thefts.

"It puts a lot of pressure on the dealers," said Jim Rolman, Co-Owner of David Hirschberg Co. in Lockland. "Not so much financially, but the paperwork that goes with it. You may have to have an extra girl come in and do the paperwork."

Senate Bill 193 would require all scrap metal businesses to pay a $200 registration fee and a $150 annual fee to fund a database of scrap metal dealers, sellers and metal thieves. Dealers would also have to take a photo of the seller. The data base could be accessed by police.

Many area scrap metal dealers believe the piece of legislation is not the answer to the problem.

"If they could punish these guys to make it a little stiffer, maybe it would take the sting away from us and pass it on to the thief," said Rolman.

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