Scrapping bill closer to passing in Lansing

(WXYZ) - On a drama filled night in Lansing, it happened.

A proposal to stop illegal scrapping now moves forward with approval from the state House. It's been a challenge given all the special interests says Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit.

"The scrap industry is very influential because they have money. We're talking about thousands and thousands of dollars in contributions that have big influence on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle," she says.

Detroit's mayor sees this vote as progress.

"Our police department is stepping up their efforts, but this is going to make it a whole lot easier to track illegal scrappers and I couldn't be more pleased at how it's going," says Mayor Mike Duggan.

While details are still emerging, here's what we know so far:

The proposal will eliminate on the spot cash payments over $25 for three of the most stolen items including catalytic converters, air conditioning units and copper wiring.
Instead, a check or ATM card will be mailed out to an address, or money will be wire transferred, leaving a paper trail for police. A photo will also be taken of the seller and put into a database.

Senator Mike Kowall of White Lake tells Action News "we're all trying to address an important issue and move on."

A vote will likely be made tomorrow in the Senate. If approved, the governor could sign a new law Friday. 

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