Rep. Howrylak seeks to enhance local control and fireworks safety

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State Representative Martin Howrylak, of Troy, introduced legislation to provide local governments with more flexibility regarding fireworks safety.

If Rep. Howrylak’s proposal is signed into law, local governments will be permitted to enact and enforce ordinances related to consumer firework use any time other than daytime and evening hours on July 3-5, Dec. 31, and Jan. 1-2.

This legislation also would permit local governments to regulate the noise caused by fireworks and increase the penalty for individuals who violate the law from $500 to $1,000.

“Under current law, all national holidays, and days before and after, are exempt from ordinances imposed by local governments,” said Rep. Howrylak. “My bill will restore a local government’s rightful authority to regulate fireworks in the way that works best for their community.”

HB 4704 was referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee for consideration.

This legislation is the reintroduction of HB 5203 from the 2015-2016 session.