Senators Say New Law is Key Part of Part of Senate DFL Consumer Protection Agenda
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Senate Majority Leader Kari Dziedzic (DFL-Minneapolis) said today that Governor Walz has signed into law Senator John Marty’s (DFL-Roseville) bill to deal with the fast-rising number of costly catalytic converter thefts from cars and trucks across Minnesota.
Majority Leader Dziedzic said the measure has long been a key part of the Senate DFL majority’s consumer protection agenda.
“Catalytic converter theft has hit thousands Minnesotans, costing them thousands of dollars – and substantial time – to replace,” said Majority Leader Dziedzic. “Senator Marty has spent years leading this important Senate DFL priority, and enactment of this new law will help reverse the explosion in thefts. Today, with the Governor’s signature, we finally got it over the finish line.”
Sen. Dziedzic said Minnesota now ranks 3rd in the nation for catalytic converter theft and the state saw a 33 percent increase in catalytic converter theft claims, with an average cost of $2,600 to replace. The new law is supported by law enforcement, auto theft investigators, and the insurance industry.