House approves copper theft bill
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana State House has approved HB48 which legislators hope will crack down on a growing statewide problem of copper thefts. Representative Lance Harris submitted the bill which now heads to the Senate for debate. His bill states: when a theft is more than one thousand dollars the penalty would be a maximum five thousand dollar fine, a minium of five to a maximum of ten years in prison. Harris said the punishment would be based on the fair market value of the metal at the time it is stolen, the cost to replace it and the costs of replacing or repairing damages caused in the theft. The bill also applies to other metals thefts.