Ga. Senate approves compromise on metal theft

ATLANTA (AP) -- The Georgia Senate has approved a compromise bill targeting scrap metal theft that places more requirements on recyclers and addresses what supporters of the legislation say is a growing problem in the state.

The compromise was approved by a vote of 50-0 Thursday in the waning hours of the Legislature's final day of business.

Bill sponsor Sen. Renee Unterman says the legislation is needed because such thefts have grown more severe in the down economy, even as some recyclers have turned away people they believe are attempting to sell stolen metal from cemeteries, farms and homes.

The bill now heads to the House.