PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A top legislative leader wants the state to do more to prevent scrap metal theft.
Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio announced legislation on Thursday that would require scrap dealers to obtain a license before purchasing certain types of metals.
Ruggerio's bill would also set up new regulations for the sale of copper and other metals and create penalties for dealers who violate the rules.
Under the proposal dealers would be prohibited from paying cash for any transaction over $500.
The North Providence Democrat says that if the state wants to crack down on scrap metal theft it must not only target thieves but unscrupulous dealers who purchase stolen metals.
The bill is scheduled for a committee hearing next week.
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