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Schwarzenegger Signs Berryhill’s Metal Theft Bill

Sacramento, Ca — Late Tuesday night Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed Assemblyman Tom Berryhill´s AB 844, a bill designed to curb metal theft across the state.

?Everybody on the staff is very excited about getting that thing signed,? says Berryhill. ?There were a lot of people engaged in this thing, and really went above and beyond to get this bill to his desk.?

AB 844 is designed to put an end to a pattern of quick cash for metal thieves by requiring recyclers to hold payment for three days, check a photo ID, and make a thumbprint of anyone selling scrap metal.

It also requires anyone convicted of metal theft to pay restitution for the materials stolen and for any collateral damage caused during the theft.

Written by BJ Hansen