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State lawmakers propose bill in hopes of curbing rash of copper wire thefts

A St. Paul lawmakers have drafted legislation this year in hopes of curbing a rash of copper wire thefts that have darkened streets, cost millions in repairs and resulted in injuries to Minnesotans.

The bill, authored by Rep. Athena Hollins, DFL-St. Paul, would require a commissioner-approved license for people who buy or sell copper in Minnesota. Businesses purchasing copper would be required to track each sale and scan the sellers' license. Hollins introduced the bill in February, courting support from state officials and local leaders. She said in a statement Thursday that her bill would regulate the market for would-be buyers and sellers. If passed into law, it could come into effect as soon as Jan. 1, 2025.

"The theft and sale of stolen copper wire is a priority concern for the city of St. Paul, and many other communities across the state," a statement by Hollins read. "On Wednesday we had an extremely productive meeting with Gov. [Tim] Walz and Mayor [Melvin] Carter, and I feel confident that we will be moving language forward to address this critical issue."


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