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Moed initiative to reduce neighborhood crime endorsed in committee

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Feb. 14, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana House Committee on Roads & Transportation has passed a bill first introduced by Rep. Justin Moed (D-Indianapolis) that will help deter the theft of catalytic converters and copper HVAC coils in local communities.

House Bill 1441, a bipartisan effort coauthored by Rep. Jud McMillin (R-Brookville), passed through committee with a vote of 11-1 and will now move on to the full House for additional consideration.

The bill limits who can sell these metals to scrapyards. A seller now must provide proof of ownership&mdah;or work in the HVAC or auto industry. According to Moed, this would provide extra layers of protection against theft.

“It’s a common struggle for communities to face theft of catalytic converters and copper coils, which people can turn into scrapyards for cash,” said Moed. “This legislation would limit the sale to those who rightfully have possession of the items.”

Prior to the beginning of this session, Moed named this proposal as one of his top priorities to help put neighborhoods first. While out in the community, Moed heard of neighbors, churches, and schools who were all victims of this type of theft.

“I couldn’t be more pleased for this bill to move on to the full House,” he added. “This is a bipartisan piece of legislation I worked on with City-County Councilor Jeff Miller (R-Indianapolis), the Indiana State Police, and the scrapyard industry.”

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