Scrap Metal; Theft
Includes stainless steel beer kegs in laws intended to prevent theft and resale of copper. Sunsets July 1, 2009. (SB2782 HD1)
TWENTY-FOURTH LEGISLATURE, 2008
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO METAL.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 445-231, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by adding a new definition to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:
""Stainless steel beer keg" means a metal container stamped, engraved, stenciled, or otherwise marked as the property of a brewery manufacturer, including one on which the markings have been made illegible; provided that a deposit beverage container, as defined under section 342G-101, shall not be considered a stainless steel beer keg."
SECTION 2. Section 445-233, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By amending subsection (b) to read:
"(b) If the scrap presented for purchase is copper, or a stainless steel beer keg, in whole or in part, the seller shall provide a copy of a receipt that describes, with particularity:
(1) The exact item that is being offered for sale;
(2) Who issued the receipt;
(3) The date of sale of the item prior to the item's being offered to the scrap dealer; and
(4) The price, if any, of the item when obtained by the seller."
2. By amending subsections (d), (e), and (f) to read:
"(d) If the seller does not provide a copy of the receipt or the notarized declaration as required by subsections (b) and (c), the scrap dealer shall not purchase the copper, or stainless steel beer keg, in whole or in part, and shall report the attempted sale to the police.
(e) If the scrap dealer purchases any copper, or stainless steel beer keg, in whole or in part, the scrap dealer shall take a photograph or photographs of all of the copper or stainless steel beer keg offered for sale.
(f) The scrap dealer shall also require
the seller to verify the seller's identity by presenting a valid photo
identification card or license issued by a federal or state government agency
authorized to issue [
such] valid identification. If the scrap
being offered for sale is copper, or a stainless steel beer keg, in
whole or in part, the scrap dealer shall:
(1) Take a photograph of the seller; or
(2) Make a photocopy of the identification card or license of the seller."
SECTION 3. Section 708-835.7, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
Theft of copper[ .] or stainless steel beer keg.
(1) A person commits the offense of theft of copper if the person commits
theft of copper that weighs a pound or more, but not including legal tender of
the United States.
(2) A person commits the offense of theft of a stainless steel beer keg if the person commits theft of a stainless steel beer keg that weighs a pound or more.
(3) For purposes of this section, "stainless steel beer keg" shall have the same meaning as defined under section 445-231.
(2)](4) Theft of copper or a
stainless steel beer keg is a class C felony."
SECTION 4. This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun, before its effective date.
SECTION 5. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 6. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2008, and shall be repealed on July 1, 2009; provided that sections 445‑231 and 445-233, Hawaii Revised Statutes, shall be reenacted in the form in which those sections read on the day before the effective date of Act 197, Session Laws of Hawaii 2007.