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Published on Friday, February 19, 2016

Fireworks bill fails to advance

AWC priority bill, HB 2348, Rep. Brad Hawkins (R-East Wenatchee), failed to advance out of the House and is considered dead.

HB 2348 would have removed the one year waiting period for local governments to adopt fireworks ordinances. This bill was the result of two of the worst wildfire seasons on record. Many of our cities and towns found themselves in states of emergency due to wildfire and drought conditions in the summers of 2014 and 2015, and in their attempts to keep their communities safe from potential fire hazards found they could not regulate the use of fireworks because of the one-year waiting period.

The bill ran into many roadblocks, including opposition from the fireworks industry and some tribes. We extend a huge thank you to cosponsors Rep. Hawkins and Rep. Mia Gregerson (D-SeaTac) for the hard work they put into this legislation and for their support of local control. We will continue to work towards common sense policies that ensure our communities have the tools we need during times of emergency and crisis.