Legislature Working to Combat Catalytic Converter Theft (HB 4110)
The Texas Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development held a hearing on Monday, June 13, 2022, on the implementation of HB 4110 and to discuss possible additional measures to combat catalytic converter theft. With catalytic converter theft hitting so many independent dealers, TIADA was there to ensure dealers' voices were heard. Senator Carol Alvarado is leading the charge in tackling this issue and has always been a great supporter of TIADA and independent dealers.
During the 2021 legislative session, Texas passed a bill to combat catalytic converter theft. However, the issue has continued to get worse. That bill, HB 4110, amended the Occupations Code to require a person attempting to sell a catalytic converter to a metal recycling entity to provide the following information to that entity:
(a) The year, make, model, and vehicle identification number for the vehicle from which the catalytic converter was removed; and
(b) a copy of the certificate of title or other documentation indicating that the person has an ownership interest in that vehicle.
Also, HB 4110 increased the penalty for stealing catalytic converters from a Class A misdemeanor to a state jail felony.
The committee was clear that this is a priority for them going into the next legislative session and that they believe they cannot wait for Washington to fix the problem. The committee heard testimony on and is considering the following:
(a) federal legislative efforts including H.R. 6394 and where it is in the process;
(b) how catalytic converters are legitimately recycled;
(c) how the theft occurs and the increase in frequency of catalytic converter theft;
(d) law enforcement inability to arrest someone with multiple converters that are clearly stolen due to the inability to trace them and lack of a criminal statute for possession;
(e) criminalizing possession of multiple catalytic converters;
(f) allowing dealers to continue to offer vehicle for sale if the catalytic converter is stolen; and
(g) VIN etching on catalytic converters.
TIADA will continue to follow the legislature's efforts to tackle this issue facing independent dealers and will update you as things progress. If you are interested in helping our legislative efforts, you can donate to INDEPAC so we can continue to support those members of the legislature who support our industry.