Introduced by Sen. Rick Jones (R) on February 22, 2011 To establish a comprehensive regulatory regime for the sale, distribution and use of fireworks, including licensing, fees, and retail location taxes. Prohibitions on some types of “consumer fireworks” that are currently illegal would be removed, and this appears to include firecrackers, bottle rockets, aerial spinners, Roman candles, etc. (“APA standard 87-1” fireworks). The bill proposes a $5,000 permit fee for selling these fireworks, and mandates that they be sold only from permanent buildings meeting specified requirements. “Low grade” fireworks (sparklers, etc.) could be sold from supermarkets and other large retail stores as is current practice, or by a nonprofit organization from a tent placed in a narrow set of specified locations. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on February 22, 2011
Reported in the Senate on June 6, 2012 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on June 6, 2012 To use the bill as a "vehicle" to amend details of the 2011 law doing what this one originally would have done, repealing a prohibition ons sales of "consumer fireworks".
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on June 6, 2012