|Posted:||July 20, 2021 03:50 PM|
|From:||Senator Gene Yaw|
|To:||All Senate members|
|Subject:||Fireworks Modification Act|
|In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation to modify Act 43 of 2017, which legalized the sale and use of consumer fireworks in Pennsylvania.
Consumer fireworks have been sold in Pennsylvania for about 20 years. Until Act 43, however, Pennsylvanians were prohibited from buying products in their own state, which could be purchased by persons who did not live in the state. In other words, Pennsylvanians were being treated as second class citizens in their own state.
While I am well aware of the complaints and the illegal use of consumer products, particularly in more urban settings, I believe we can make modifications to help further improve the current statute.
My legislation would:
• Offer guidance to local governments on reasonable controls for the use of fireworks.
• Implement constraints on the times of day that fireworks can be discharged.
• Increase the criminal penalties for selling or using consumer fireworks in violation of the Act.
I hope you will join us in cosponsoring this legislation. Thank you for your consideration.