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HB 296 – Tracking Catalytic Converters

State Represenative Larry Mitchell has introduced House Bill 296, which will seek to prevent or reduce a crime that I had no idea was becoming an issue in this state or nationally. Apparently, criminals have been stealing catalytic converters right from underneath cars in parking lots and driveways.

A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device that converts toxic gases and pollutants in exhaust gas from a car’s internal combustion engine into less-toxic pollutants by catalyzing a redox reaction.

Because of the external location and the use of valuable precious metals including platinumpalladium and rhodium, catalytic converters are a target for thieves. The problem is especially common among late-model trucks and SUVs, because of their high ground clearance and easily removed bolt-on catalytic converters. Rising metal prices in the U.S. during the 2000s commodities boom and then supply-chain issues resulting from the Pandemic and the Russian War in Ukraine have led to a significant increase in converter theft. A catalytic converter can cost more than $1,000 to replace, more if the vehicle is damaged during the theft

House Bill 296 adds catalytic converters to the list of items for which scrap metal processors shall create a record and provide information when acquired. The bill, which has bipartisan support, will assist law enforcement by providing a mechanism to follow-up on thefts of converters. If the scrap metal processors are the only way thieves can extract the above mentioned metals from the converter, then I suppose it could help catch the criminals who stole the converter.

House Bill 296 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Mitchell, Carson, Bush, Baumbach, Bolden, Heffernan, Lynn, Matthews, Osienski, Schwartzkopf, K.Williams, Briggs King, Gray, Spiegelman, Yearick
Ennis, Gay, Hansen, Townsend, Walsh, Bonini, Wilson
Current Status: Out of Committee 3/16/22

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