We were supplied with this news releases from CVI recycling and thought it would be of interest to our readers –
TEXAS HOUSE AND SENATE PULL A FAST ONE ON DESTROYING SMALL BUSINESS IN TEXAS BY COMBINE HB 1933 AND SB 694
BY COMBINING THESE TWO BILLS THEY KEPT THE 10 DAY HOLD ON CASH PAYOUTS FOR SCRAP METAL AND 5 DAY HOLD ON CHECKS. THIS NEW COMBINED BILL SPELLS THE END OF SMALL RECYCLERS IN TEXAS. THE ONLY ONES WHO GET TO STAY IN BUSINESS IS THE BIG RECYCLERS. THE REST OF US BECOME THE CRIMINALS OF THE PROHIBITION. JUST ONE MORE STEP IN DESTROYING SMALL BUSINESS IN TEXAS
TEXAS METAL RECYCLERS NEED YOUR HELP TO DEFEAT TEXAS HOUSE BILL 1933. THIS BILL WILL DESTROY THE METAL RECYCLING INDUSTRY IN TEXAS
CALL YOUR TEXAS REPRESENTATIVE TELL THEM VOTE NO ON HB 1933 | CALL YOUR TEXAS SENATOR AND TELL THEM TO VOTE YES ON SB 694
As an industry, recyclers are opposed to any metal theft and are trying to take a proactive position in regulation and even prosecution of the thieves and identification of the metals. There are 2 proposed bills, SB 694/ HB 1933, that are working their way through Congress.
We are opposed to HB 1933 and in favor of SB 694. The major reason is the Senate Bill 694 has been a bill worked on with the input and effort of law enforcement (City and State), prosecutors, and industry while the House Bill 1933 has been developed from special interest groups.
In the Senate bill 694 we have negotiated with politicians, DPS, local police department heads, private industry, and prosecutors for 2 years to get a law that will be more effective to solve crimes and increase accountability to bad actors, thieves and businesses alike. This is specifically addressing metal theft. There are many laws on the” books” now that are not enforced and HB 1933 is another much more random bill that does not have the blessing of the major police departments or the recycling industry.
Any law will only deter crimes, not stop them. If there were easy answers, it would already be done. The proponents of HB 1933 are using scare tactics like the ruination of civil order as we know it and complete interruption of 911 services to help with emergencies. There are loopholes with any law, but The SB 694 will by far be the most effective.
Per State law enforcement statistics-
• 90% of metal theft is related to HVAC which are regulated property and require bills of sale to prove ownership
• Communication wire is regulated with bill of sale requirements as well
• Only 15% of Recyclers are registered with the state which SB 694 addresses to make it a crime not to register-HB1933 is silent on this issue
• Pictures of material, vehicles, and sellers and valid ID’s are required in SB694 and not addressed in HB1933