Minnesota bill would combat copper wire theft

Minnesota bill would combat copper wire theft

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(ABC 6 News) – A new bill in the Minnesota House hopes to reduce copper wire theft across the state, using a strategy similar to a law that cracked down on catalytic converter thefts.

HF 4461 would require anyone reselling copper wire to obtain a license proving their business is legal.

The statewide problem has cost St. Paul $1.2 million in repairs in 2023 alone.

“At this point, we’re not putting any enforcement into the law. This is partly, it’s a financial issue where we don’t really have the resources at this point for enforcement. And partially just to see how this works,” said Sen. Sandy Pappas (DFL- St. Paul).

If passed, HF 4461 would task the Minnesota Department of Commerce with implementing the bill, the power to enforce rules would come later on.