From Illinois Business Journal news services
SPRINGFIELD – State Rep. Jay Hoffman’s bill to form a task force to crack down on the rampant theft of valuable metals such as copper has passed both chamber of the Legislature and is headed to the governor.
When the metals we use to wire street lights, deliver water and electricity are stolen, it’s not only a nuisance, it can be dangerous,” said the Swansea Democrat (left). “There are some cities that can’t keep traffic lights operating because the parts are so consistently stolen. This bill can bring together police, energy providers, metal dealers and lawmakers to craft a comprehensive solution.”
Hoffman worked to pass House Bill 330. The measure creates a task force to study comprehensive solutions to recyclable metal theft from both a law enforcement and legislative standpoint. Members from the task force will be appointed from the General Assembly, state and local law enforcement, Illinois public utilities, rural electric cooperatives, insurance companies and scrap metal suppliers.