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Lawmaker proposes smartphone initiative

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ALBANY, N.Y. – A New York Congressman is trying to make it more difficult for thieves to steal smartphones.

Syracuse representative Dan Maffei proposed the "Secure Our Smartphones" initiative. It would require a kill switch on smartphones and tablets.

Maffei said the kill switch would make the devices worthless on the black market. Officials said smartphone thefts, also known as "apple picking," have become more violent in recent months.

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