A local lawmaker is calling attention to a problem that continues to plague citizens in the area, copper theft. State Representative Dan Beiser (D-Alton) has cosponsored House Bill 330 which would create a task force to help address the issue by devising a plan to combat metal theft.

Beiser tells The Big Z the task force would be comprised of experts from various fields.

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The National Insurance Crime Bureau reports that Illinois has the fifth highest number of copper thefts in the nation. Beiser says this type of crime has cost residents thousands of dollars in property damage and put public utilities in jeopardy. Under this proposal, the task force would work to deter metal theft and strengthen existing laws.

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