Governor signs Jones bill to deter theft

Governor signs Jones bill to deter theft

LANSING— State Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge, announced on Thursday that Gov. Rick Snyder signed Public Act 186 into law.

“Currently, anyone can sell plastic shipping containers to be melted down,” said Jones. “This lack of oversight costs store owners’ money and forces them to raise prices. I am hopeful that the result of this legislation will be lower prices at the checkout counter for everyone.”

PA 186, sponsored by Jones, mandates that anyone wishing to sell ten or more plastic shipping containers show proper identification as well as a written statement that they own or are authorized to sell the container. This measure would require these records to be kept for one year.

It is currently estimated that Michigan soft drink distributors are losing more than $3 million a year due to the theft of these shipping containers. However, this legislation will impact any entity that uses plastic shipping crates including bakers and dairy producers.

Violating this act would result in the same penalties as those for buying or selling knowingly stolen nonferrous metals, a statutory maximum five-year sentence or fine of more than $5,000.

Jones’ measure closely mirrors legislation recently passed in Texas and Arizona as well as bills introduced in Ohio and Wisconsin.