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Published on Friday, March 13, 2015

Fireworks industry bill preempting cities scheduled for hearing

SB 5914 has been scheduled for a public hearing in the House Local Government Committee on March 18 at 8 am. Cities strongly oppose this preemption over local public safety authority. We need cities to contact your House members and member of the Local Government Committee and let them know of your opposition. Urge them to stop SB 5914. If you would like to attend the hearing to express your opposition, contact Candice Bock.

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.

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