TRENTON – The Assembly Regulated Professions Committee today unanimously passed A796, which would prohibit the sale of stolen grave markers or historical plaques.
“There was recently some historic markers stolen,” said Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-21). “In hard economic times, people are finding new and interesting ways to make money.”
The bill would prohibit scrap metal dealers from receiving or purchasing any scrap metal in the form of a cemetery, grave, or historical marker or plaque unless the person delivering or selling the scrap metal has shown that the local police department or State Police certified the metal for removal, sale, or disposal.
As with other violations of the laws pertaining to scrap metal dealers, first and second violations of the bill’s provisions would be considered disorderly persons offenses and crimes of the fourth degree for third and subsequent offenses.