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2018 House Bill 5941: Restrict fireworks ban authority to specified officials

Public Act 636 of 2018

Introduced by Rep. Jim Lilly (R) on May 8, 2018
To establish that only the governor has the authority to ban fireworks use in a county due to weather conditions (drought/dryness), not the state fire marshal or local fire departments.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on May 8, 2018
Reported in the House on November 28, 2018
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Jim Lilly (R) on December 4, 2018
To adopt a version of the bill that contains exceptions.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on December 4, 2018
Passed 103 to 6 in the House on December 6, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To establish that only the governor has the authority to ban fireworks use in a county due to weather conditions (drought/dryness), not the state fire marshal or local fire departments, unless the state Department of Natural Resources has elevated fire risk criteria to the "extreme risk" category.
Received in the Senate on December 11, 2018
Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on December 11, 2018
Reported in the Senate on December 13, 2018
With the recommendation that the bill pass.
Amendment offered by Sen. Jim Stamas (R) on December 20, 2018
To tie-bar the bill to House Bill 5939 and 5940, meaning this bill cannot become law unless that one does also. Those bills would amend other fireworks regulation laws.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 20, 2018
Passed 38 to 0 in the Senate on December 20, 2018.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
To establish that only the governor, the state fire marshal or the head of the Department of Natural Resources has the authority to authorize a statewide ban on open fires or fireworks use due to extremely dry conditions. The bill would also give local fire chiefs authority to impose burn bans in their jurisdiction if the DNR has elevated the fire risk criteria to "very high" for 72 hours.
Received in the House on December 21, 2018
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on December 28, 2018

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