The Baltimore County Council unanimously adopted a law regulating local scrap metal dealers. This regulatory authority has existed for local governments, but many counties have expressed concern about the very limited ability of any one political jurisdiction to address the crime problems connected to property theft and “easy money” for metal goods — as long as individual may cross county lines to find less regulated dealers, the problems will continue to some degree.
MACo, who adopted statewide reform in this area as one of its legislative initiatives in 2009, continues to pursue this issue. Last year’s bill, SB 32, was defeated at the close of session despite a conference committee report resolving differences between the two passed versions of the bill. The bill’s lead sponsor, Senator Ed Degrange, has expressed his intent to reintroduce the bill in the 2010 session.
MACo is hopeful that with added interest from more jurisdictions in local legislation, the regulated community may increasingly see a uniform, reasonable regulation as a preferred alternative to varying rules by county.