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Published on Friday, January 15, 2016

Urge legislators to move bill authorizing cities to regulate and ban fireworks out of committee. Call and write committee members today

On Thursday, January 14 the House Local Government Committee heard HB 2348 sponsored by Rep. Brad Hawkins (R-East Wenatchee) and Rep. Mia Gregerson (D-SeaTac). HB 2348 would remove the one-year waiting period for local governments to adopt fireworks ordinances. This bill comes on the heels of one of Washington’s most devastating fire seasons in history.

Currently any fireworks regulations and/or bans must undergo a one-year waiting period before taking effect. This policy caused grave concern during the 2015 summer when drought and devastating wildfires plagued our communities. With a strong El Niño before us, forecasters are again predicting a hot and dry 2016.

During testimony on January 14, many local government advocates voiced their support of the legislation. A special thank you to University Place Councilmember Denise McCluskey who testified on behalf of the city family.

A large number of individuals also voiced their opposition to the bill at the hearing. The sizable amount of dissenters makes it all the more imperative that cities voice their support for this legislation. Please email the Committee members today and ask them to support the bill.

The bill is scheduled for executive session in the House Local Government Committee on January 19.