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A public hearing is scheduled Wednesday for a proposed law aimed at helping victims of theft recover their stolen property.

It would require pawn brokers or scrap metal dealers to report their transactions on a daily basis to the Sheriff’s Office, which will then disseminate the information to other law enforcement agencies. Genesee County District Attorney Lawrence Friedman explained in May the benefits of the proposed law.

“Two things: to increase the recovery of stolen property before it’s too late, before it’s gone,” Friedman said, “and also to apprehend those responsible for the thefts.”

Any business that takes in metal of value would be affected whether it’s reselling gold or silver or a scrap metal dealer recycling iron and copper. The law is designed to deal with very specific second-hand brokers.

The hearing starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the legislature’s Public Service Committee Meeting.

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