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We’ve been pretty critical of our state legislators this year, and, we believe, with cause.
But we’d now like to address an area where they deserve strong praise.
We’re talking about legislation the Tennessee General Assembly passed last year to deter the escalating crime of metal theft.
The legislation, which went into place last fall, imposes stricter requirements on those buying and selling metal.
The regulations require scrap-metal sellers to have a state-issued identification card and a thumb print before selling any metals.
The law also makes it a Class A misdemeanor to sell or buy scrap metal marked with the name of a governmental entity.
Since then, we are seeing far fewer reports of houses, old, new or under construction, that have been gutted for metal wiring and other metal sources.
The theft of catalytic converters from cars is down.
We have not heard of any thefts from our utilities, or straight from the poles, as had been happening.
Authorities agree that this law has made a difference.
And that shows that state legislators, when they put their minds to it, can also make a difference.
These are the kind of laws we all can appreciate.