The Associated Press is reporting that metal recycling for metals is set to become legal in the Lone Star State, which was a key battleground in the 2012 election.
The AP reported that Gov.
Greg Abbott signed the bill Thursday, after months of lobbying by state and local officials and a slew of public hearings.
According to the Associated Press, the bill was approved by the Texas House Judiciary Committee and approved unanimously in the state Senate.
A spokeswoman for Abbott did not immediately return a call for comment.
“This is one of the most important steps we’ve taken in our legislative process to bring more Texas-made products to the market,” Abbott said in a statement.
The bill requires that recyclers be licensed by the state and collect metal at the same facility.
The Associated Post noted that metal from a metal recycling facility could be used for scrap metal and could be recycled into new products like furniture.