Ongoing major thefts of copper and other metals from abandoned and occupied buildings have garnered the attention of lawmakers nationwide.

Thefts of copper and other metals essential to construction and even infrastructure are still rampant across the country, causing some lawmakers to seek a federal law—while others look to toughen state law for punishment.

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, sponsored the Metal Theft Prevention Act, unveiled Aug. 9. The bill would make it a federal crime to steal metal from critical infrastructure, including roads and schools.

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