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Published on Friday, March 6, 2015

Fireworks industry bill preempting city authority passes Senate

SB 5914 passed the Senate Thursday night with a vote of 33-14. It has now moved to the House for consideration.

SB 5914 makes significant changes to local authority to regulate fireworks by setting statewide standards and prohibiting cities from adopting more restricted regulations. The bill would limit local authority to adopt regulations to only the days and hours of sales and the types of fireworks sold.

Also troubling is the timing of the bill. As currently drafted, it would take effect prior to July 4, 2015, meaning that the new regulations would take effect without sufficient time for the state or locals to revise regulations and prepare for the new requirements. Finally, the bill mandates that the state adopt the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) code 1124 for the manufacture, transportation, storage, and retail sales of fireworks and pyrotechnic articles. There are some concerns about the use of this particular standard as the NFPA itself has removed this code from their recommended regulations.

We urge city officials to let your legislators know that public safety is our highest priority and cities need to retain the ability to adopt specific local regulations to ensure the safe and sane use of fireworks. Urge your local legislators to oppose this bill.

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