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Massachusetts state legislature passes and signs bill regarding catalytic converters

Bill establishes penalties for the unauthorized sale of catalytic converters and was declared an emergency law

Des Plaines, Ill.—The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), the nation’s non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, preventing and deterring insurance fraud and crime, is applauding former Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts state legislature for passing and signing Bill H.5356. The Bill establishes penalties for the unauthorized sale of metals and catalytic converters and was declared an emergency law necessary for immediate preservation of public convenience.

“We have seen a dramatic, 1,215% increase of catalytic converter theft nationwide since the pandemic began. Vehicle crime and catalytic converter theft is plaguing our country and more needs to be done,” said NICB President and CEO David Glawe. “NICB thanks former Governor Baker, the Massachusetts state legislature, and many of our great partners and stakeholders for their work in passing this bill.”

Bill H.5356 seeks to curb catalytic converter thefts by limiting secondary sales without proof of ownership, and by imposing additional record keeping requirements. 

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